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!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Meet editor and writer A.L. Kay



This week, editor turned writer A.L. Kay is taking the time to stop by To Turn Pages.



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

            Actually, no.  I did start to write at twelve years old, but never thought I could be an actual author.
            Yes.  I have two children, which is a job in its own, and then I also own my own editing business, Ashley’s Freelance Editing.  Plus I am a college student, Psychology major.


2: What is your favorite genre to read?

            I love to read all genres, as long as the book holds an interest to me, then I will read it. I am more drawn to supernatural/paranormal reads though.  No, not just vampires, and werewolfs, but fae/fairies/pixies, ghosts, mermaids, dragons, witches, etc. too.


3: Who is your favorite author?

            Oh, man, that is a hard question.  I have so many I like, I do not think I could just pick one.  Don’t make me!  Hehe.



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

            The one book I have seem to read over and over again is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  I read it many times as a kid.


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

            I am ecstatic to be published, but my life has not really changed at all.  I am still me and everything is still the same.


6: What makes you want to turn pages?

            When you get to that part of the book that is full of action, or makes you want to know what’s next, even if it is three in the morning.  It can be the action for me, a drama moment, or even a love moment.


7: Any writing regrets?

Yes, I wish I had started doing this a lot sooner, hehe.

8: Do you plan to cross genres?

            I do not plan anything, even my stories are not planned.  If I happen to, then so be it.  I just write whatever comes to me.


9: What inspires you?

            Everything seems to be able to inspire me; the rain, sunsets, my kids, the stars, etc.  I do not think I could actually pinpoint anything for sure.  I see so many different things in life that inspire me, even old houses.


10: What is your personal writing strength? i.e. dialogue, tone, setting, etc…

            I believe my strength would be dialogue, though what do I know really?  I just write it, hehe.  Others might think my strength could be elsewhere.


11: Are you still editing too or are you leaning more toward simply writing?

            I am still editing.  Editing is my main focus; writing is just a thing I do on the side.  Most of my writing waits on the back burner till I have a break to work on it.  I love writing, but I also love editing and my clients.  I just signed a bunch of contracts with people for editing.  J

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

            I am currently working on the rest of Nightmares, which will be longer.  Nightmares is more of a prologue to the rest of the story. The final story will be called Kamela.  I am also working on another project, no title yet. Then, one of my good friends, Trish Mauldin, author of “Becoming the Sheriff’s Wife” and I are co-writing a book.  We have not agreed on a title for it just yet, but it is YA (older YA). 

            I can be reached through Facebook under A.L. Kay.  I prefer to keep my email private, but please feel free to friend me on Facebook.

 Want to add anything?

                Yes, I would like to thank you for taking the time to interview me.  This is my first interview, but not my last.  I have others coming up also.
Well, you are most welcome A.L. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the future.
Also, allow me to add that Nightmares is rather intense and certainly places the reader into a terrifying scenario…the dark street…late at night and alone, quite a frightening prospect that you capture very well. If this prologue is any indication of what the rest of the tale includes, the reader is most assuredly in for a chilling read. 
Nightmares is available for download at Vamptasy Publishing (http://www.vamptasypublishing.co.uk

or

http://www.vamptasypublishing.co.uk/#/ashley/4553073710

Friday, July 1, 2011

Blaze McRob - Never too late to write horror...



Blaze McRob is a rather prolithic writer who may have gotten a late start, but certainly hasn't wasted any time in catching up. Constantly churning out tales that invoke both shivers and thought, he is certainly one to watch. To Turn Pages would like to thank Blaze for taking the time to stop by.


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

I didn’t get the compulsion to write until I turned thirty eight, and then it hit me big time. I had so many stories that needed telling. It was like a “calling.”

2: What is your favorite genre to read?

Horror, without a doubt. I read many other genres: mystery, sci-fi, political, history, erotica- the list is long. But horror is where it’s at for me.

3: Who is your favorite author?

The great Edgar Allan Poe! Whether it was poetry or prose, he was the master.

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

“The Old Man And The Sea,” by the great Ernest Hemingway. A short read but a masterful story. I was in my teens when the great man died. I cried.

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

I’m still the same me: flawed, always striving to become a better person, not always hitting the target but never giving up. Writing is not the end-all. It is merely a part of life. Love is the most important thing. We can sell a hundred novels, all of them best sellers, and what does it matter if we are alone? I am a very fortunate man. This fall, Yvonne and I will be together. Then I will be truly happy. We are both writers so we will be there for each other.

As far as life changes go, I am busier now than when I was working for the “man,” but I love my job and can do whatever I want whenever I want. I have a strong work ethic and don’t cave in to pressure. It would only be self-imposed anyway.


6: What makes you want to turn pages?

I love to open a book and see a lot of white space: short, crisp paragraphs; sentences of varying length; chapters that hit you with a “what the . . .”; constant flow; descriptions that explain just enough-no over-kill. Dialogue should be spoken like people really talk, and language should be real. If a man’s getting his heart torn out of his chest, he doesn’t say shucks. There must be inner turmoil, hardships, failures, triumphs. And the senses: God, we must more than see. A writer should make us feel, hear, smell, and taste everything.

7: Any writing regrets?

Only that I didn’t start sooner.

8: Do you plan to cross genres?

I already do. Mainly, I pen horror. I also write romantic love poems, adventure stories, mysteries, and non-fiction. Many of these cross over. I don’t believe in strict adherence to specific accepted norms. My stories are mine. I make the decision. For example: I just finished a novel which I’m doing edits on now. It is definitely horror but contains non-fiction, love, sex scenes, and God knows what else thrown in.

9: What inspires you?

Life, death, the interaction between the two. Love, hope. Horror, injustice. In short: everything.


10: Currently you are a writing team. Do either of you have personal novel aspirations?

Yvonne is writing “The Angelic,” book one of “The Dark Angels Saga.” As the title implies, parts of this are not nice/nice. This is the novel that brought us together and I am so happy that I will be by her side when she finishes it.

I am at work on my “ ‘68 Buick” Grim Reaper series. I am also working on my “The Devil’s Tongue Series,” and some individual works.

As you can see, we are both very busy.

11: What is your personal writing strength? i.e. dialogue, tone, setting, etc...

I paint the picture with all the senses. My pallet is multi-dimensional. My goal is for the reader to see what is inside the story people, why they do what they do. Their souls must be laid bare. That is my job.

12: Who's the better editor?

Let me put it like this. We both love each other’s work. We both love our own work. We overlook things. Sure, we can read and suggest. But the best thing to do? Hire an impartial Editor. We did that. Stacey Turner is our Editor. I don’t care if my novels will be published with Vamplit Publishing or not. Yes, Gaynor at Vamplit will edit some more. That’s fine. I don’t want her to receive crap from me. “The Angelic” could go to her or someone else or be published by our own press, Angelic Knight Press. No matter what, quality work is expected.

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

The first story for Angelic Knight Press will be “Bipedal,” which Stacey has edited. We’re all excited! Yvonne has another sexy short story coming up about cannibals. Yes, I know: cannibals and sex? It’s really great! And then Yvonne will work on her masterpiece “The Angelic.”

As for me, I will have at least one novel out this year, “ ‘68 Buick.” However, the sequel “Bokor” is going well and could also come out this year. I also have some completed novels of a different sort to put out with Angelic Knight Press which I will do some edits on before handing them to Stacey. Then there are some shorts I’m working on and some others I’ve written which I might offer up.

We can both be reached on http://www.angelicknightpress.com// for Angelic Knight Press

My blog, Blaze Mcrob’s Tales Of Horror  is at  http://www.blazemcrob.com//

Yvonne’s blog, The Angelic is at  http://theangelic.blogspot.com/

We can both be found on Facebook. Yvonne Bishop and Blaze McRob.


 Want to add anything?

I want to thank you, Thomas, for researching Yvonne and me enough to know we are a team. That shows a lot of respect and professionalism.

Also, I want to thank Yvonne for her faith in me, allowing me to play with my story people. I certainly love that we share the same passion for the written word. We so want the other to succeed and be happy. In life, love and writing.

Teamwork is great!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What would you do if your child was abducted?





This is the exact question authors CK Webb and DJ Weaver will force any parent to confront with their debut novel Cruelty to Innocents: The 911 Abductions, released May 26, 2011 from Suspense Publishing, 

Aberdeen, Maryland is your typical hometown where aid lies with the next concerned passerby. But when it is a parent offering the help and a 911 call brings assistance, a wicked occurrence happens...their child disappears.

This terrifying, suspenseful journey will take the reader deep into every parent's nightmare, forcing the pages to turn with horrifying hope and a desperation that won't simply tug at your heart, but literally yank it.

Both CK & DJ have taken the time out of their busy schedule to talk with To Turn Pages...

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

CK: For as long as I can remember. At first I wanted to write poetry and then I had a bout with wanting to be a stand-up comedian, but I’m not all that funny so I went back to the original dream of being a writer.

DJ: I wrote a few stories as a kid, but never really considered it until CK approached me to write Cruelty with her. Day job? I’m looking for one. Got any suggestions?

What is your favorite genre to read?

CK: Today its horrors & thrillers tomorrow it may be different.

DJ: I am first and foremost, a thriller reader, but I also read paranormal, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, horror. The list is endless.

Who is your favorite author?

CK: Yikes! That is like asking me do I like to breath, I have a ton; Emily Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, but if you ask me who has the most space on my bookshelf, that’s easy, Stephen King.

DJ: I would have to say Michael Crichton. His work always gives me a thrill and he was so great with descriptions of characters and with story development. I also like Karen M. Moning, Dean Koontz, Dennis Lehane and Stephen King.

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

CK: Favorite book? Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, but Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is way up there in my “A” list of books I could read forever!

DJ: I’m not really a re-reader. I’m more of a saver. I save my favorites thinking I’ll get to read them again someday. Pride and Prejudice, all of Michael Crichton’s books, Karen Moning’s Fever Series…there are many.

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

CK: Feels like I need to get to work! We have so many books waiting to be edited and written and now we have fans who are clamoring for them. I was pretty busy before, but now I spend hours a day just networking with fans and other writers plus, marketing gets very time consuming.

DJ: It feels amazing on one hand but scary on the other. I love that people have been so receptive to Cruelty, but I also feel like I have to do better next time and worried that I may not be able to. It’s rather a vicious circle but I guess that’s what motivates authors. Life is still the same…just more marketing!

What makes you want to turn pages?

CK: That’s a little easier. A well edited, well written, tightly woven, plot twisting, edge of your seat kick in the pants kind of read; the kind I will NOT put down until that last page is turned.

DJ: I have to read books that keep me on the edge with lots of action and suspense. And the book has to be well-written and edited. If I get bored, I may never finish it.

Any writing regrets?

CK: I don’t do regrets. I am with the belief that even the worst situations guide us and shape us into who we are meant to be. Without the bad stuff, I wouldn’t appreciate the good stuff nearly as much.

DJ: None that I can really think of other than wasting two years waiting for an agent to sell my work and a publisher to pick it up. But, I do think that in that time, e-publishing has grown in a great way and I’m rather glad now that I had to wait.

Do you plan to cross genres?

CK: Yes!! We already have begun a three book horror series, two book young adult series and a paranormal thriller.

DJ: Most definitely. We have several stories started and outlines ready in other genres; paranormal Y/A, paranormal thriller, fantasy and I have a paranormal romance in the works that I plan to finish someday when I have more time.

What inspires you?

CK: Two things (1) People who never give up on their dream no matter what life throws their way (2) People who say, “It can’t be done!” I just love folks like that and love to prove them wrong.

DJ: My co-writer mostly. She has an infectious way of making me want to write and she can come up with the best story ideas ever. I’m also inspired by nay-sayers…those people who think I can’t do something. I love to prove them wrong

Currently you are a writing team. Do either of you have personal novel aspirations?

CK: When I began writing, it was on a completely different book and I do have plans to one day finish that piece.

DJ: I do have a paranormal romance in the works but I don’t get to work on it much. Hopefully, one day I will have more time to devote to it.

What is your personal writing strength? i.e. dialogue, tone, setting, etc...

CK: I am an idea machine first & foremost, but I think my strengths lie in setting the tone of the novel, bringing the surroundings to life and I am pretty good with character development.

DJ: I think mine are character and story development. I add much of the character’s to our characters and I love to add little side stories that have a bearing on the original premise of the story we’re writing. I’m also the chief cook and typist!

Who's the better editor?

CK: Me, me, me *raises hand high*

DJ: Me, me, me *jumps up and down*

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

CK: “Collecting Innocents” is in the edit stage and we are pushing for an end of summer release, then we will be writing the final book in the Innocents series, Avenging Innocents. After that, I have my heart set on writing that young adult novel; it is such a wonderful story and my kids and their friends are really hounding me for it. I also have a contact page on my blog http://twistedwebb.blogspot.com/

DJ: As soon as we have finished edits on book 2 in the Innocents Series, we will be starting on book 3. After that, we have several book outlines but I don’t think we have actually settled on which one will be next. We have a contact page on our WebbWeaver Review site (http://bit.ly/HWQKW) and also on The Innocents Series site (http://the/ innocents.weebly.com)

Want to add anything?

CK: We can never say thank you enough to readers they are the very reason we do what we do so, Thank You to everyone who has given Cruelty To Innocents a chance. Because of you, our stories will live on.

DJ: I would like to thank everyone who has bought, read and enjoyed our book. Also thanks to people like you, who have reviewed Cruelty to Innocents, talked to us in interviews or helped us promote. We are so grateful to our publishers at Suspense Publishing and also to John Locke and Tasha Alexander for going out of their way to read and review our work. I am just so humbled to have so many people who have liked the book and let others know it. God bless you all.