Friday, June 14, 2019

Guest Blogger: Lauryn Dyan


https://www.amazon.com/Hollow-Stars-Lauryn-Dyan/dp/1625268912/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Hollow+stars&qid=1560548309&s=gateway&sr=8-3

Please tell us about your latest book.

My debut novel, Hollow Stars, is a high-paced thriller. It centers around a female rock star who lost control on her first rock tour and ends up in a psychiatric hospital, but she doesn’t know if it’s because she’s crazy or because someone messed with her.


What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m working on a few short stories, and I’m diving back into another novel I started called Lost Immortal. It still has the mystery elements of Hollow Stars, but with an urban fantasy twist. Basically, all the Greek gods were real but went into hiding or assimilated into human society and now half of them want back in the spotlight. There might also be another badass rock star in this one, too.


How do we find out about you and your books?
The two best places to keep up with me are my website, www.lauryndyan.com, and my Instagram account, @lauryndyan. I may add on additional accounts in the future, but I will announce them there if I do.




How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

I think it would be impossible not to put a piece of myself or what I’ve been through into my work! But most of my inspiration comes from crazy experiences centering around my friends or from wild stories about the people I admire. Using those in my writing lets me live vicariously through them, especially when it’s stuff I didn’t have the balls to do myself.


When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?

When I was in grade school, I used to get home before my older sister. Every so often, I wouldn’t be able to get into the house so I would just hangout outside and tell myself stories to pass the time. Somehow, as I got older, I got away from that side of myself.


Then post-college, I found this void that used to be filled by homework and partying. I needed a hobby, so I started writing. No agenda, just for fun. And I realized how much I still loved storytelling. So, I kept going to see how far I could take it. Once my first manuscript was done, I knew I had to see if it was something others would think was worth reading so I started submitting.


Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?

I typically go with the flow. I only write part-time, so I squeeze it in wherever I can. If I get to write for at least an hour a day, I’m happy, but I hope one day things shift and writing becomes my full-time gig.


What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?

Um, I have toddler triplets so it’s constant interruptions, lol. But my husband is really good at watching them for me when he knows I’m on a deadline, and I try to get sitters so I can sneak out to coffee shops and work.


What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

Baths and binge watch TV. I love scripted television and just about every show from the CW, though I haven’t gotten on the superhero bandwagon yet.


Where do your ideas come from?

Random places or untraceable origins. Sometimes they come from a dream, from the lyrics of a song, or a photo or album cover. A lot of times though, they pop up in my random stream of consciousness that started with something as mundane as making toast. I couldn’t retrace the connection if I tried!


Do you feel humor is important in thrillers and why? 

I had a hard time classifying my book because you don’t always see a lot of humor in a true thriller, but I think it’s a great way to break tension and build a stronger connection with the characters.


What kind of research do you do?

I do a lot of research because no matter how far-fetched the story, I want it to read as authentic as possible. This often turns my Google search history into a questionable string of queries. But I also try to connect with experts in other ways. For example, for Hollow Stars, I interviewed a psychiatric nurse and took a class online in songwriting. I liked it so much, I got a certification for it! Though I doubt I’ll be penning the next great rock song anytime soon.

Please tell us about yourself.

I am originally from Arizona, now living in Nevada, so I’m a born and bred desert rat, lol. I am obsessed with music, particularly the emo/screamo scene of the early 2000s, though I still consume as much new music as I can. Going to concerts and signing my lungs out is my catharsis. I make my living doing marketing while I cross my fingers this writing thing takes off.
I met my husband in college. We got surprised with triplets about nine years later. I love seeing how creative they are. I may steal some of the weird stuff they say for my next story!


What are some of your favorite things to do?

Going to concerts is number one, followed by binging teen TV dramas, and watching scary (not gory) movies. I also enjoy reading and love hockey. Go knights go!


Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?

I actually love Jane Austin, though it’s been a while since I reread one of her books. My favorite classic is Pride and Prejudice. In more current authors, I read a lot of Liana Moriarty, Blake Crouch, Anne Rice, and Veronica Roth.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?

See above.


What do you think of critique groups in general?

I appreciate anyone who is willing to read and provide feedback on my work, and I enjoy reciprocating. My only gripe is people who don’t stick with it or people who really only seem to want to get, not give feedback.


Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to have a few books and short stories published and to be shifting from full-time marketer to full-time writer. I also hope that my books have connected with their audience in a way where they never forget them and often reread them.


How many books have you written, how many have been published?

I’ve written two books but only one has been published. My next goal is getting that second book in good enough shape to release it as well.


After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?

My first just came out so I had to buy it! I am not sure about rereading it yet. Maybe in a year or so when I’ve gotten some distance from it.


Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?

Kennedy, the main character in Hollow Stars, is just such a badass. I love her. I wish I could meet her and party with her in real-life.


What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

I don’t do formal outlines for my stories so I love it when I’m writing and I find a great way to connect two of my ideas. I’m never prouder than in that moment where I reread what I just wrote and I’m like, “Damn, I’m clever.” Then I usually get writers block or write the world’s worst sentence right after.


If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?

Well, technically I still have a day job. When I’m not writing, I have a full-time marketing gig and do part-time design work.


What is your greatest desire?

To have some of the bands that inspired me read my work. I would about die if any one of those artists saw something beautiful in my words!


Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?

Keep on keeping on. Writing is subjective and you never know who will love your work and take a chance on you. And don’t forget spellcheck.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Guest blogger: KC Sprayberry

A galaxy under attack… youth out of control… extreme measures are called for… until the citizens are faced with impossible choices.


Good day and welcome to the release of Crèche Terrenium. This book was written many years ago, when I was first starting out in my writing career. I submitted it to Millennial Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine as a 5,000 word short story. This was during the days of snail mail submissions and waiting months on end to hear back from the editor in chief. To my surprise, I heard back rather quickly, about six weeks. Figuring they’d laughed and sent me a letter telling me that I should quit writing, I waited a couple of days before reading the bad news. Well, it wasn’t a contract to have the short story published in their magazine. What I did get was a letter telling me that the then editor in chief loved the concept of my short story and wanted me to develop it into a full book before resubmitting.

The full book was written, critiqued, edited, rewritten, etc. over a period of six months of sleepless nights and fingernail chewing days. I finally resubmitted the new story to the editor in chief per her request, only to hear back nearly immediately. The thin envelope pretty much told the story before I opened it.

Turns out while I was breathing life into this novel, the editor in chief had been replaced with someone else. That individual bluntly informed me that they were no longer interested in teen sci-fi books, as “teens didn’t read.” Who was I to argue? I knew the book was good. All I had to do was wait for the right time and place to present it to the world.

The time is now. The place is here. Enjoy!


The Melane Galaxy has a problem, one that threatens their very existence. Led by a reporter, Susannah Tilotsen, the citizens demand a solution to their children terrorizing people. Yet, when Chairman Marcus Sterling institutes the Crèche system, Susannah feels deep shock and dismay.

The children will be taken from their parents and raised by a computer designed to educate and monitor them. No adults will have interaction with the youth of the galaxy. The overall goal is to create good citizens of the youths rather than out of control hooligans.


Is this solution good intentions by the leadership? What if a parent protests the loss of their child? What choice do they have?


Blurb


Youth out of control… Citizens demand a solution.

The Edict…

A law enacted to deal with recalcitrant children lays the blame on their parents. Only a computer can properly change The Melane Galaxy’s youth and turn them into good citizens. Chairman Sterling must force people to realize that parents aren’t right for raising children.

The Reporter…

Susannah Tilotsen discovers she’s being used by a government attempting to parent children. She soon realizes no one is safe from this new law. The loss of her beloved husband and her daughter being forcibly taken to Crèche Terrenium drives her to organize a group determined to stop this madness

The Boy…

Ripped from his loving home, Joey Dinaldo is taken to Crèche Terrenium after government troops find him living with his parents. He works hard to be a good citizen and obey the rules but soon discovers he can’t support a system designed to turn children into uncaring robots.

The Computer…

Master, the computer system that will raise these children, controls every second of their lives. Yet, there is no one to maintain the machine. The computer never thinks it needs to be repaired, even as the control it exerts slowly erodes. It is perfect, and fights to keep from being destroyed.

Rebels refuse to stop fighting until they have closed down the Crèche system and returned the children to their parents. Or find them a guardian. All of them are willing to do whatever it takes to end this madness… but at what cost?


Amazon print book: https://amzn.to/2XowPcp



Excerpt


Black words on the creamy parchment in her hand numbed Susannah Tilotsen. Shivers racked her spine; fear deadened her fingertips. Her grip loosened and the document fluttered to her feet. The forty-something man in front of her caressed his silver-shot sable hair before spreading his hands. She watched the public façade take over as the benevolent leader of a fractious, crumbling galaxy smiled.  She knew better. His duplicitous expression sent chills up her spine.

She looked at the settlement she was reporting on to a galaxy awaiting a solution for a growing problem. The gray on gray buildings depressed her. The same hue was repeated in the walkways and latticed worked fences enclosing the twelve living areas. The children who soon call this place home would have no relief from the depressing shades of grey.





About K.C. Sprayberry

Living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Guest Blogger: Jessica Marin

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The Irish Cowboy, a sexy, short insta-love romance, is now LIVE and FREE in Kindle Unlimited!







Tessa Mandel
The catcalls and whistles get old, but cowboys are a necessary evil when you work at the Bear Creek Rodeo. While rodeo life isn’t for me, it’s the only thing supporting my secret side career. I live a double life, but I know my dream of returning to the big city is close to becoming reality. If being an orphan has taught me anything, it’s that you can’t count on anyone but yourself. Working for the rodeo brings many distractions and I can’t afford the complications that come with sliding between the sheets with a smooth talker in tight jeans and a cowboy hat. I have big plans for myself and none of them include being charmed by any of these cowboy Casanovas.
But then I meet the infamous Rhett Kearney, who makes my stomach flutter by just saying my name. One kiss from his gorgeous Irish lips turn my world upside down and my panties inside out.
My timeline doesn’t include falling for a handsome cowboy… but it might be too late for that.




Rhett Kearney
As one of the top saddle bronc riders in the world, I’m no stranger to hard work that draws out blood, sweat and tears. Every time I leave Ireland to compete, I feel the weight of my birthright square on my shoulders, but nothing compares to the roar of a crowd when I climb onto that bucking horse, riding it as hard as I can for those eight seconds. The goal has always been the same — compete in US National Rodeo Finals and make as much money as I can. It’s a race against time, as age is not your friend when you are a professional cowboy. So I don’t waste my time chasing skirts and getting tangled up with a pretty face who’s looking for her next meal ticket out of town.
But I couldn’t prepare myself for the sassy Tessa Mandel or the punch to the gut when I see her beautiful baby blue eyes flare with desire, making me want to risk it all for one more taste of her honeysuckle kisses.
I didn’t travel halfway around the world to lose. I’m taking home my grand prize… she just doesn’t know it’s her yet.
Bear Creek Rodeo is a series of contemporary western love stories written by bestselling authors Jennifer D. Bokal, Amy L. Gale, Sara Jolene, Jessica Marin and Kirsten Osbourne.
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Guest Blogger: James Moushon

Operation Adrift: A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story by [MOUSHON, JAMES ]


                                               https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RZ24VH5/


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Guest Blogger: Justin Alcala










https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937365581/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0



Please tell us about your latest book.
  When Ned, a fallen angel who’s as suave as he is brainy, accidentally starts the Great
Chicago Fire during an assignment, he all but gives up on ever visiting Earth again- that is until
his replacement goes missing, and Ned gets a chance at redemption.

            The Devil in the Wide City is an absurdist fictional piece about Ned, a fallen angel who is
demoted from his job as a corruptor after starting the Great Chicago Fire. Fortunately for him,
his replacement, Gethin, goes missing a century later, and Ned is sent back to modern day
Chicago in order to find out why. While tracking his replacement, Ned runs into some local
celebrities such as a ghostly Catherine O’Leary, ghoulish Jean Baptiste DuSable and John
Dillinger the vampire. However, when Ned crosses paths with Chelsea, an edgy, but lovable
bookstore owner, he quickly forgets about his investigation in order to pursue a relationship with
the gothic beauty.

As the plot continues, Ned stumbles upon new facts that make him believe that much like
himself, his replacement, Gethin, has fallen in love with a mortal named Thomas, which has
caused the fallen angel to make a lopsided deal with an unsavory Celtic warlock named Collin
Dane. When the agreement backfires, Gethin is locked away. With Gethin now imprisoned, Ned
has no choice but to try and save his successor, inadvertently unveiling whom he really is to
Chelsea. Can Ned preserve his relationship while still working for Hell?

What can we expect from you in the future?
Like Santa Claus and Jason Voorhees, I’m always moving. Besides the release of The
Devil in the Wide City (Solstice Publishing), I also have Dim Fairy Tales (All Things That Matter
Press) hitting shelves in 2019. In addition, I’ve just signed It Dances Now for a Crimson Street
Magazine 2019 anthology and The Offering with Rogue Planet Press for their Cthulhu themed
Candlemas 2020 anthology. As for manuscripts in the works, another novel that takes place in
the Plenty Dreadful Universe, A Dead End Job, is being proofread as we speak along with a
handful of other short stories. Finally, I’ve put down the first few pages for my first Middle
Grade book, The Last Stop which I hope to release before 2020.

 How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
   That’s a great question. The simple answer is that the story characters and settings in my
writing are dripping with real life experiences. I love oddballs that most people cross the street to
avoid, from the bus driver that serenades his lounge act to the guy on the corner that thinks he’s
Terminator. I have a deep respect and admiration for them, and try to work each one into my
stories.

What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there
constant interruptions?
I have a two year old that’s potty training, so there’s more interruptions than a
McLaughlin Group interview. However, what I’ve learned through a decade plus of writing is
that it’s up to you to find time to write regardless of circumstances. When I worked in the private
sector, I’d write on trains, lunch breaks and the lulls between meetings. Now that I work from
home, I vigilantly schedule time to write between a dozen other daily missions. Luckily, my wife
is a big supporter of my writing, and moves mountains in order to get me the time my writing
deserves. I couldn’t do it without her.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
That’s a question I’d love to return to in a decade. Balancing my two great passions,
family and writing, is different today than it was a year ago. I mean, it’s an entire dang genre
change. Where life’s background music once was reggae, now it’s speed metal. Still, I manage to
find peace between the lines by reading, exercising and napping. Yes, I am a professional napper
and can’t wait to put my daughter down so I can sleep too. When I awake, my batteries are
recharged and there’s new dreamed up ideas to write about. 

Do you feel humor is important in books and why?
  Yes, absolutely, affirmative, amen and beyond a doubt- For me, books have always been
escapism from a sterile, austere world. I need to poke fun at life and all of its oddities. Some
people prefer to slip away into true crime books, stories about war and other nonfiction, but it
ain’t me babe. My mediums are supernatural parallels spiked with humor. It’s a tonic for the soul
served best with a maraschino cherry.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
 It’s a long list, but the ones that never disappoint include the hilariously outlandish Christopher
Moore, farcically offbeat Andrew Smith and absurdly magical Jim Butcher. I’m also a great
admirer of Maggie Stiefvater, Dean Koontz and Elizabeth Kostova.

What do you think of critique groups in general?
They’re great as long as you know what want from them. I’m part of a live Writer’s Crit
Group that meets once a month. They are fantastic writers that have great assessments, ideas and
suggestions. I’ve read about writers that despise critique groups because they flood drafts with
persnickety opinions. While my group doesn’t fit that mold, it may be because I know what I
want from them. I can filter out sidebar commentary from productive opinions when need be.

 What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
 Doing what I love. I’ve been a cabbie and a stock clerk and a soda-fountain jock-jerk (Tom
Waits), but none of those jobs were ever fulfilling. Telling stories fills my soul with moon beams
and dancing leprechauns. I’ve always cherished listening or reading great tales, and I adore the
fact that people read my work in order to be just as happy. Thank you readers for your great
support.

How do we find out about you and your books?
  I’m so glad you asked. In addition to visiting my personal site, you can find Justin Alcala
blogs and updates on my Amazon page, goodreads, Twitter, Wordpress, Tumblr and Instagram.
I’ll provide all of the links below.

Personal Site: https://www.justincalcala.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Alcala/e/B00SN2VJAM%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7862799.Justin_Alcala
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustinAlcala
Wordpress: https://justinalcalablog.com
Tumblr: https://justinalcala312.tumblr.com
Instagram: https://insta-stalker.com/profile/justin.alcala/

Monday, May 13, 2019

Guest Blogger: Kevin Bouchard

Cry of the Cat by [Bouchard, Kevin]
https://www.amazon.com/Cry-Cat-Kevin-Bouchard-ebook/dp/B07DKFQ26W/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1557753765&refinements=p_27%3AKevin+Bouchard&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&text=Kevin+Bouchard




Please tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is tentatively called The House of Ophelia Raine. It revolves around an eighteen year old murder mystery in a small Cape Cod town and the transgender woman who, after completing her sexual reassignment surgeries becomes obsessed with the dead woman and begins delving into her past despite the grim warnings of her newfound friends.


What can we expect from you in the future?

My first two books are supernatural thrillers that follow the exploits of a female police detective named Eve Teschal who lives and works in the fictional New England mill city of Gevaudan. The titles are Blue Moon and Cry of the Cat respectively; they are both published by Solstice Publishing. I am currently working on a third book in that series. I also have plans to write some follow-up books concerning Gwendolyn Quinn and her associates from The House of Ophelia Raine.


How do we find out about you and your books?

My web site is kbouchard.com but I also maintain pages on Facebook. My books are available at most online bookstores including Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Walmart.com, and in electronic format from Kindle and Nook. The easiest way to keep up with my published works is to go to any online bookstore and simply enter my name, Kevin Bouchard.


How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Surprisingly, a good deal of my personality finds its way into my characters; even the villains. Some of my lifetime experiences creep into my stories as well, (often in the form of childhood nightmares when I can recall them; they are always the scariest.) And most of my characters seem to share my taste in music, (Punk, New Wave, Adult Alternative, eighties Brit Pop and even a meager dash of Techno).


When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?

I started writing in the sixth grade. It all began with an assignment where we were asked to write about something we saw on the news. Then we were supposed to embellish the piece with our own fictional elements. Of course my ‘elements’ took on mysterious even creepy overtones. Then in the seventh grade I began typing up screenplays. My mother stole one and gave it to my English teacher who suggested that I pursue a career in writing.

Later on I ended up serving as go-to writer in any job I held. I also did some ‘stringing’ for local newspapers, covering school committee meetings and such. When I got married my wife suggested that I try to get published, (because I was always writing stories). I took her advice. It took twenty-three years before I found Solstice, (at the behest of a teacher with whom I worked; she had had a novel published with them years earlier). I sent Blue Moon to them and two days
later they sent me a contract. Then three years later came Cry of the Cat. And one year later came The House of Ophelia Raine.


Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?

I write whenever I can but I try to write for at least an hour each evening, (I like to write at night; sometimes into the wee hours.)


What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?

My wife makes every effort to give me some space to write. My desk top computer and lap top are at one end of our four seasons’ room and the reclining sofa and flat screen are at the other end. So I go to the desk, put on my IPOD and have at it while she is watching television, (this probably explains why music often becomes engrained in my stories).


What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

I’m due to retire in mid-June 2019, (I’ve been a teacher for 34 years) so relaxing shouldn’t be an issue. I also have a Bowflex and weights in my finished basement and I have my drums in my garage. And there’s always yard work which I love, (I grew up in a housing project and section 8 housing, so having my own yard is still special).


Where do your ideas come from?

Sometime my ideas come from something I read or something I glimpsed while driving. I got the idea for Blue Moon while I was mowing the lawn when I saw something in the Hosta bed by my garage that I knew just did not come from my fourteen pound Lhasa Apso. I had seen Coyotes in my neighborhood as had some of my tenants and neighbors. And I’d even heard them howling at night. By the time I was finished with the lawn that afternoon the entire story was in my head.
The House of Ophelia Raine came to me after reading Maria Flook’s Invisible Eden which chronicled the Christa Worthington murder in Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. I began to wonder what would happen if the killer had never been apprehended. And I imagined a woman who was seeking to start her life over entering the picture eighteen years later, buying the house where the unsolved murder had taken place and gradually becoming obsessed with the murdered woman and eventually attracting the attention of the killer.


Do you feel humor is important in books and why?

People are funny; sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Humor is part of life. If Jaws could have comic relief so can any book; it keeps it all human.


What kind of research do you do?

I do as much research as I need; mostly Google or sometime interviewing people if possible. I was a teacher in the inner city for a long time so I’ve seen a lot. My wife was an RN for 38 years working for the Massachusetts Department of Disabled Services, (her last fifteen years were spent as Director of Nurses at their largest residential facility) so her wealth of medical knowledge has proved invaluable. I pull information from any source possible and use it to fatten up the story. As the saying goes, The Devil is in the Details. And so, often, is the story.
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Please tell us about yourself.

My name is Kevin Bouchard. I am 58 years old and I am originally from Fall River, Massachusetts. I grew up without much fanfare on welfare living in tenements, section 8 housing and even a housing project for a few years in what very quickly became a single-parent family. I was the first person in my family to earn a high school diploma. I went on to earn a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Theater and an M.Ed. as well as two teaching certificates, one in Special Needs all from Bridgewater State University. I became involved in lots of theater (high school, street theater, Little Theater, college) acting, doing technical work or playing drums in the orchestra. I also played in a few bands along the way including one original act that played clubs throughout Boston.
Growing up I found myself gravitating toward the strange and mysterious, reading anything along those lines that I could get my hands on, (Bermuda Triangle, Moth man, Loch Ness monster, all of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, etc.). In high school if I missed the bus I had to walk right past Lizzie Borden’s house to get home. I found the old tenements, abandoned mills and run down neighborhoods to be fodder for my imagination. And there were influences all around me. Stephen King was coming into his own in the seventies, (he lives in New England as you know; Maine to be precise). I knew that Edgar Allen Poe had lived in Boston for a time. And across the river from Fall River was Providence , Rhode Island, home of H.P. Lovecraft. I suppose that it was inevitable that I would become fascinated with ghosts and monsters and all things that go bump in the night. It was simply a matter of proximity; it was as if the air was rife with creepy vibes.
I met my wife, Robin while working for the Massachusetts Department of Disabled Services as a Special Needs teacher. I moved to nearby Taunton, Massachusetts, (which is basically a smaller version of Fall River) where she lived. We have been married for 30 years.



What are some of your favorite things to do?

My wife and I love the beach; there’s just something about the sea. We’ve been to the sea shore during rain storms and once even a snow storm and we spend a good part of July at York Beach in southern Maine. And of course we frequent the beaches of nearby Newport, Rhode Island. I also enjoy playing my drums; it’s a great stress reliever. And of course writing!!!




Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?

Stephen King of course. Phil Rickman. Ray Bradbury. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Dean Koontz. Peter Straub. And anyone else who piques my interest.




What do you think of critique groups in general?

I don’t really know too much about them.



Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’ll be retired from teaching in June 2019, (just in time for my birthday) and my wife is already retired so hopefully I can put most of my energies into writing and promoting. I’ve never been one to set long distance plans; I find them to be limiting. I just try to take life as it comes.


How many books have you written, how many have been published?

I’ve written several manuscripts over the years, (some as yet unpublished titles include The Disappeared, Kronos and Hunter’s Moon; my new Eve Teschal story is tentatively titled Necropolis) as well as some short stories and one or two screenplays. So far two novels have been published and a third has been acquired and will enter the editing phase any day now.


After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?

I buy some from time to time because I like to have some around the house. I plan to buy greater numbers in the future when I can hopefully arrange for some signings. I haven’t gone back to read any, though I certainly may do so in the future; I guess I’m afraid I’ll realize that I could have done a better job.


Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?

I like all my books equally though I always feel that the latest is my best, (but I suppose that’s how it should be). So far I really like Eve Teschal the protagonist from Blue Moon and Cry of the Cat. And ‘Gospel” Pete from Blue Moon who had the answer to just about anything. And I really admire Gwen Quinn from The House of Ophelia Raine; she’s courageous in ways that most people will never imagine or understand. And I do love the ending from that book; it came to me from out of the blue and worked better than I could ever have imagined.





What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

I love the writing process. I love the way that the characters are waiting for me along the way. I love the way they tell me who they are. And I love the way the story evolves almost before my eyes. And I can’t even begin to explain how amazing it feels to see my work show up in book form.


If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?

I might find my way back into a band. I still enjoy playing my drums a few times per week. I just put the earbuds and IPOD on and have at it.




What is your greatest desire?

My greatest desire is to be a successful writer. They say that if you do what you love the money will follow. If that’s true then cash must be waiting around the corner because I love to write. But I also want to be thought of as a person who had something to say, something worthwhile and positive.


Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?

It took me 23 years to get published. I never gave up. I couldn’t give up. So my advice is simply not to give up. The effort makes you a better person and a better writer because it gives you the opportunity to practice, to sharpen your craft. Take advantage of that; use that time productively and see it as a positive thing. If it’s going to happen it’s going to happen. As Orson Welles once said, “We will sell no wine before its time.”

Friday, May 10, 2019

Had to deal with a rude guy today.

So today I was sitting in the waiting room of the hospital. My son had to have an MRI today.

This waiting room is kind of out in the middle of the hospital. Beside it is the desk to check in. Then the hallway runs in between the desk and the chairs.

No walls. And they had a tv on for kids. It was playing cartoons kind of loud.  People were talking and laughing. People walking back and forth. Because the coffee machine was also in this waiting room.

So I have my Kindle Fire on and I'm playing games. The sound was on but not all the way up. It was maybe halfway up. Not real loud. And this man a few seats away from who is looking on his phone says "Excuse me. Can you mute your phone please."

I was sitting there thinking WTF is going on. Why don't you put ear plugs in LOL But no I didn't say that.

I politely smiled and said yes and then turned my volume off on the game I was playing. 

I'm sitting there thinking what the heck. There is so much noise in this area right now how could you possible hear my sound. I could hear people laughing loudly and actually yelling for people who had already went down the hall. Yet this guy felt the need to tell me that my Kindle was too loud. You couldn't even hear it over the tv that was up way too loud. 

But I guess some people just don't know how to get through the day if they can't be rude at least once. 

Anyway, That's how my day went dealing with a rude guy.