Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Word with Loren Rhoads


Loren Rhoads decided to brave my questions, then I promptly got distracted by this thing called life. Still, here we are, got there in the end and all. Wait... is this the end? I mean THE end? Surely not. I have so much left to do. I never got to ... 
Oh, my cats have assured me this isn't THE end. 
Phew! I was worried there for a moment. Geesh. I feel kind of silly now. You read her lovely responses while I go get my affairs in order for the real THE end. 

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Who in the hell are you? What are you doing on my blog! Oh… that’s right, I invited you. *ahem* I meant to say, take a moment to introduce yourself.

Loren:  I’m the co-author, along with Brian Thomas, of a new succubus novel called As Above, So Below.  I’m also editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two and author of Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, which collects my cemetery travel essays.

If you could pick one word to describe your creative side, what would it be, and why?

Loren:  Curious.  I’m curious about everything, which leads me in a bunch of different directions.

What do you like on a baked potato?

Loren:  Salsa, sour cream, and green onions.

What do you think lead you to do that voodoo that you do so well?

Loren:  My mom was a librarian who didn’t censor anything I wanted to read.  She figured if I was too young to understand it, it couldn’t hurt me.  So I read through the science fiction/horror section every place she worked.

Who do you consider your biggest influence in your field?

Loren:  Ray Bradbury.

What’s the biggest potato you’ve ever eaten?

Loren:  A yam with brown sugar and coconut milk.  Yum.

If you had to pick between the three primary colors—yellow, red and blue—which do you think the world could do without?

Loren:  Yellow.

Do you prefer granny panties or thongs? Or perhaps neither?

Loren: Neither.

In fifty lying words or less, tell us why they call those little buds on potatoes ‘eyes.’ (In other words, I am not looking for the real reason. Be creative!)

Loren:  It was a change in branding. They used to be called mouths, but that put people off.  Everyone knows eyes are salty little flavor bombs.

In one word, describe the secret to success.

Loren:  Perseverance.

Why is it I can never find a parking place when I am in a rush? Every time I go somewhere just for funsies or goofing off, there are twenty places right up front. But if I am in a rush? Nope! Not a space in site!

Loren:  I just park whenever I see a parking space, no matter how far I have to walk.  Don’t get greedy.  J

How many potatoes do you think you can you lift? I am talking standard Idaho, approx 13.5 oz. What? I am NOT obsessed with potatoes! You’re like the third person this week to say that. Just answer the question.

Loren:  All the potatoes.  I can lift all the potatoes.

If you could treat any one person to dinner and a movie for all they have done for you, who would you take, where would you eat and what movie would you see?

Loren:  I’d take my daughter to Opaque, which is a restaurant in San Francisco where you eat in total darkness.  It’s an amazing experience and she deserves it for being such an inspiration.  Afterward, we’d watch the original Cat People.

What projects do you have on the burner right now?

Loren:  I sold a trilogy to Nightshade last month.  It’s a Hong Kong-style revenge story space opera with a Hammer Horror villain.  I’m waiting on the first book to come back from the editor now.

 If you had to have a few words of warning about yourself tattooed on your forehead to alert others of your dangerous nature, what would it say? (Hint: Mine would probably say, “Beware of gassy emissions.”)

Loren:  Runs with scissors.  At you.

 Say goodnight, Gracie.

Loren:  Thanks for a lovely time.


Loren Rhoads had two books out in 2013.  The first was a book of her essays called Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel from Western Legends Press.  She edited The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two for Damnation Books.  This winter saw the publication of As Above, So Below, her first novel, which was co-written with Brian Thomas, from Black Bed Sheet Books.  This spring, a memoir called This Morbid Life is coming out from Renaissance Books.  Next year, the first two books in The Dangerous Type series are coming from Nightshade Books.

You can follow Loren at:
Twitter: @MorbidLoren
Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/morbidloren

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Word with Tracy Ford

Today I have awkeja;oiq *get off of my laptop, cat!* 

Today I ald;alenwewjqn *I said get off!*

Today I have another awesome awerjawlenwenqg *GET OFF!*

*stares down cat... starts again* Today I have... *stares at cat some more* Today .... *makes absolutely sure cat will not interrupt this time* 

Today I have another awesome lady of the horror influence for you to get to know. She's a heck of a woman, and I think you'll like her almost as much as medoloveherverymuch. 

Okay, that wasn't the cat. That was just my fat fingers. Sorry... *cat looks forlorn and rejected* While I go explain why I don't need Weesnaw (the culprit cat in question) to help me with this blog post, you read the interview!


Who in the hell are you? What are you doing on my blog! Oh… that’s right, I invited you. *ahem* I meant to say, take a moment to introduce yourself.

Hello! My name is Tracy Ford and I live in Murfreesboro, TN. I am currently an author with May December Publications, a bassist with the band Lady E and the Black Light, and I work for the State of TN as my day-job. I have traveled and/or lived all over the East Coast and Vegas. I have been writing since I was about ten years old. Yes, horror. I love horror books, movies, music, collectables, and d├ęcor. Music is my main inspiration for my writing, I listen to Death Metal, Black Metal, Horror Punk, and anything dark and spooky.

If you could pick one word to describe your creative side, what would it be, and why?   

Darkness, because it is what inspires me to be the most creative.

What do you like on a baked potato?

Butter, salt, and pepper.

What do you think lead you to do that voodoo that you do so well?

How did you know? Must have been my time spent in New Orleans. Or maybe it was those younger years with the Ouija board? Or maybe, my Pagan beliefs?

Who do you consider your biggest influence in your field?

My biggest influence as a writer is probably Anne Rice. I have found that I write very similar to the way that she writes. Like Anne, my books are character driven and I am very attached to those whose stories I tell.  The biggest influence in my life overall would be Henry Rollins. He has been an inspiration to me for the last 22 years through his music, his writing, his honesty, and his intensity for life.

What’s the biggest potato you’ve ever eaten?

It was at a place called Backyard BBQ in Columbia, TN.

If you had to pick between the three primary colors—yellow, red and blue—which do you think the world could do without?

I don’t think the world should be without any colors. We already only see a limited amount, so taking any away would be a great hindrance to humankind. Our eyes should be open to more color in life and not less.

Do you prefer granny panties or thongs? Or perhaps neither?

I like bikini-style, comfy and cute, but if I only had those two styles to choose from, then thongs please.

In fifty lying words or less, tell us why they call those little buds on potatoes ‘eyes.’ (In other words, I am not looking for the real reason. Be creative!)

Within the ground, a potato consumes insects in order to grow. The unsuspecting creatures are absorbed by the tough skin of the potato when they try to sink their grubby tentacles into them. The body and the organs are turned into nutrients that are used by the potato as a natural growth hormone, but the eyes of the bugs are indigestible by the plant.

In one word, describe the secret to success.

Action. You have to go out there and do it, live life and take the opportunities that come your way without fear.

Why is it I can never find a parking place when I am in a rush? Every time I go somewhere just for funsies or goofing off, there are twenty places right up front. But if I am in a rush? Nope! Not a space in site!

Murphy’s law. Take a breath and drive around one more time, a spot will open up for you.

 How many potatoes do you think you can you lift? I am talking standard Idaho, approx 13.5 oz. What? I am NOT obsessed with potatoes! You’re like the third person this week to say that. Just answer the question.

Like, total? Individual potatoes? Two bags before I fall over, how many potatoes IS that? 20? 25?

If you could treat any one person to dinner and a movie for all they have done for you, who would you take, where would you eat and what movie would you see?

I would take my husband, Chris Ford, to Longhorn (our favorite place) and preferably come home to watch a movie. I love horror movies, so a good Rob Zombie flick would be perfect.

What projects do you have on the burner right now?

I am finishing up my book, Sons of Cain, which is the sequel to my first novel, Goddesses of Lilith. I am very excited about it. This book follows the three sons of Lilith and Cain and is the darker side of the stories told by the Goddesses. It is not recommended for a younger audience.

If you had to have a few words of warning about yourself tattooed on your forehead to alert others of your dangerous nature, what would it say? (Hint: Mine would probably say, “Beware of gassy emissions.”)

Warning: May Point Out Uncomfortable Truths

Say goodnight, Gracie.

Goodnight Gracie!



* Tracy McGinty Ford was born in Medina, Ohio, in 1977. Early poetry works can be found in her High School literary magazine, The Stylus. She went to MTSU, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Anthropology, with minors in Archaeology and Medieval History.  *

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Word with Monique Happy



Meet Monique Happy, editor extraordinaire. Now, I know that sounds like another made up name, but I swear to the gods that's what she is called. I wished my name was Happy. Brown. Brown. Brown. HAPPY! I must investigate the costs of legally changing my name. You read this while I surf the interwebs for a price match. 

Who in the hell are you? What are you doing on my blog! Oh… that’s right, I invited you. *ahem* I meant to say, take a moment to introduce yourself.

My name is Monique Happy, and I’m an editor. Sometimes known as the Zombie Editor, since I got my start on post-apocalyptic books. *smile*

If you could pick one word to describe your creative side, what would it be, and why?

Sparkles. Because everything’s better with sparkles. Hey, I didn’t say it was artistic, just creative.

What do you like on a baked potato?

Everything. Extra sour cream. Nom nom nom.

What do you think lead you to do that voodoo that you do so well?

Sheer luck. I fell into editing for indie authors and instantly “knew” that this was what I’d been missing my whole life. I have an eagle eye for errors and an ear for the author’s “voice”. To me, editing is like solving the world’s most fascinating puzzle. I get in the zone and derive a great deal of satisfaction from it.

Who do you consider your biggest influence in your field?

I’d have to say my mom. She’s not an editor, but she was a legal secretary and then a paralegal for many, many years. She’s the reason I went to work in law firms. She’s meticulous, detail-oriented, and the fastest typist I’ve ever met. She gets stuff done, and done right.

What’s the biggest potato you’ve ever eaten?

A half-pounder? Now I’m hungry.

If you had to pick between the three primary colors—yellow, red and blue—which do you think the world could do without?

That’s tough. Gotta have yellow for the sunshiny things. And blue for the ocean and the sky. I guess I’d pick red. But my favorite color is pink so I’d miss out on that. Without red, what color would blood be?

Do you prefer granny panties or thongs? Or perhaps neither?

Big girl panties. I put them on regularly.

You don’t say? Regularly? *narrows eyes in suspicion*

In fifty lying words or less, tell us why they call those little buds on potatoes ‘eyes.’ (In other words, I am not looking for the real reason. Be creative!)

The potatoes are actually intelligent life forms, sent here from a distant planet named Eotatop in the star system Seirf Hcnerf. Their eyes are tiny little lenses attached to recording devices so they can report back on us. So far, they are not impressed.

In one word, describe the secret to success.

Perseverance.

Why is it I can never find a parking place when I am in a rush? Every time I go somewhere just for funsies or goofing off, there are twenty places right up front. But if I am in a rush? Nope! Not a space in site!

Personally? Because when I’m in a rush, I’m not stopping to smell the roses. It’s Higher Power’s way of telling me to sloooowwww downnnn. Same with hitting every red light in a row. I once avoided a major car accident by seconds. After I’d spent the last ten minutes bitching about all the red lights. Realized that if I’d been any faster, I would have been IN that intersection when the accident happened.

How many potatoes do you think you can you lift? I am talking standard Idaho, approx 13.5 oz. What? I am NOT obsessed with potatoes! You’re like the twelveityith person this week to say that. Just answer the question.

You are SO obsessed with potatoes. The potatoes are taking note of this fact. If you disappear suddenly, I’ll know why.

I’ll expect a successful extraction. Potatoes are dangerous things. You will need heavy firearms.

If you could treat any one person to dinner and a movie for all they have done for you, who would you take, where would you eat and what movie would you see?

My mom. See a pattern here? I’d probably take her to a nice restaurant by the water. We’d each get a salad and nibble on the bread, bravely pretending we’re enjoying the rabbit food. (We’re both always trying to lose those extra pounds.) As for a movie? I think the last movie I went to with my mom was Old Yeller. We were both scarred for life. I think she’d prefer if we went to a craft store and spent the hundred bucks there.

What projects do you have on the burner right now?

Building my new website. It’s shiny!!! Getting ready to do my first anthology and trying to learn everything there is to know. Early planning stages of my own tiny publishing firm. Cleaning out my clutter in my house. My son’s science project which is due on Monday. Editing a post-apocalyptic book for Ian Woodhead, then back to a new supernatural book and a romance for two other authors. Loving every minute of my life.

 If you had to have a few words of warning about yourself tattooed on your forehead to alert others of your dangerous nature, what would it say? (Hint: Mine would probably say, “Beware of gassy emissions.”)

Caution: Changes mind frequently. Not wishy-washy. Prefers term “flexible”.

You must have an enormous forehead.  

Say goodnight, Gracie.

Goodnight, Gracie.


Monique Happy has extensive experience in editing fiction manuscripts. She performs everything from basic editing, checking for consistency, and simple fact checking, to making suggested changes/additions/deletions to your manuscript. Ebook and CreateSpace formatting are also available. She enjoys promoting independent authors and their books.



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