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!