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Writerly Wednesday Welcomes Alistair Cross

Writerly Wednesday Welcomes Alistair Cross.

Pull up a chair and turn on some ominous music.

 Interview

1. What is your favorite marketing task that has resulted in a sale?

I think word of mouth is my favorite. If you write a good book and you can get a few people to read it, it’s fun to watch them tell their friends, families, Facebook contacts, etc. I also think it’s effective to print some postcards with the buy links included on them, and pass them around.

2. What do you like about your publisher or why did you decide to Self Publish?

Beautiful Monster is published through Damnation Books, a publisher I’m very pleased with. They have a great team of editors and cover art designers, and they’ve been wonderful about marketing this book.

3. What do you have under your bed?

(I actually got up and looked… but I didn’t want to!) Let’s see… a few cat toys… and the yellow highlighter I spent an hour looking for a few days ago! Thanks, Sally!

(I aim to please and get you to exercise.)

4. Are you a plotter or a pantser when you are writing?

Somewhere in the middle. I like to have a basic roadmap, but not so much instruction that there’s no freedom to take a surprise left turn now and then.

5. Do you write in a bubble or do you prefer critique groups, writing buddies or other companionship during the process?

I’ve never had luck with critique groups. I tried, but it just wasn’t my thing. I write alone but I have a couple close friends I discuss things with.

 

6. When do ideas come to you and how do you capture them?

 

Most of my ideas come to me, oddly, when I am writing. This is convenient because I have files that I can add to on my computer. Occasionally, an idea hits me in the shower or just as I’m teetering on the edge of consciousness at night. I have a file in my phone that I’m always adding things to. People accuse me of texting too much but nine times out of ten, I’m not texting anyone. I’m recording ideas.

7. What is your favorite word processing program and what other tools do you use, pen, notebooks, white board, index cards, finger on fogged bathroom mirrors?

I use Microsoft Word… and whatever I can get my hands on otherwise.

Bio

 

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Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross was born in a small town in the western United States.

He grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of 8, began writing his own stories. In 2012, his first novel, a collaborative effort called Beautiful Monster, was published by Damnation Books, LLC. under the pseudonym Jared S. Anderson.

Alistair is now hard at play on several other works, including a macabre little project with acclaimed horror novelist Tamara Thorne.

His influences include, but are not limited to, the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Tamara Thorne, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty.

Email, FB, Twitter links or addresses here…

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Twitter: @crossalistair

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Beautiful Monster cover art

Beautiful Monster

Blurb

What happens when the man of your dreams becomes your worst nightmare? College student Brenna Carlson has fallen madly in love with the new man in her life, Sterling Bronson. When she awakens, naked and chained in Sterling’s basement, his deviant plans for her become clear. Brenna must choose between playing along with his savage game, or risking her life to escape.

Buy Link(s)

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Excerpt

 

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Beautiful Monster

“The officer smiled and there was something about it that I didn’t like. I sized him up. Despite the thickness of his neck, I was confident that I could get a good enough hold to crush his windpipe if I had to. He held my gaze a few seconds and then pulled a photograph from the folder in front of him. In the picture, Number Six smiled back at me in a slutty red dress. She held a puppy toward the camera as if trying to make sure the photographer could see its entire face.

“We’re pretty sure you know who this is,” said Latham, his strange smirk still set in place.”

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Writerly Wednesday Welcomes Barbara Winkes

Writerly Wednesday Welcomes Barbara Winkes.

Lesbian fiction with high drama and happy endings

Interview

 

1. What is your favorite marketing task that has resulted in a sale?

I like blog hops and guest blogs–those give you an opportunity to talk about subjects and causes dear to your heart and, at the same time, connect with readers and other authors. It’s a win-win situation.

2. What do you like about your publisher or why did you decide to
Self Publish?

I love working with the dedicated and talented team at Eternal Press. It’s been a dream come true from the first “accepted for publication” email, and I’m happy to announce that there’ll be two more titles for which I’ve already signed, and more in the works.

3. What do you have under your bed?

There is nothing under my bed. With everything going on in my head and on paper during the day, I need a clutter-free zone to sleep. Although…I still have weird dreams pretty often. The characters don’t always respect these boundaries.

4. Are you a plotter or a pantser when you are writing?

Since making the transition to writing full-time, and being published, I’ve become more of a plotter. I still like to leave some room, so at some point, the characters will say or do something that surprises me. A good outline can help the writing process. Last NaNoWriMo, it helped me reach over 70K words.

5. Do you write in a bubble or do you prefer critique groups,
writing buddies or other companionship during the process?

I have a few beta readers, not related in any way, to make sure I’ve had some feedback before the story goes off to acquisition.

6. When do ideas come to you and how do you capture them?

At all times–reading, watching TV, in the shower or in a restaurant. Or during the hours of the day I sit at the computer writing. I had a notebook with me on the last vacation I opened every now and then, and we came home with half a story.

7. What is your favorite word processing program and what other
tools do you use, pen, notebooks, white board, index cards, finger on
fogged bathroom mirrors?

I work either with a word.doc, or a pen and a notebook, index cards to plan the upcoming projects and the year in general. I like a bit of color-coding in my work, must be due to the synesthesia.

Bio

“Lesbian fiction with high drama and happy endings”Barbara Winkes, a psychologist/trauma counselor, left her native Germany to live with her wife in Québec City. Her debut novel “Autumn Leaves” and the follow-up, “Winter Storm”, published by Eternal Press, tell the love story between two women in a small town, where neighbors take an interest in the life of others.
The standalone thriller “Secrets” followed November 2013.
Part three of the romance series, Spring Fever, is coming 2014.FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Winkes-Author-page/289940881121860?ref=hl
Twitter https://twitter.com/demeter94
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Blog www.barbarawinkes.blogspot.ca

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Secrets by Barbara Winkes

Blurb

To save your life…would you trust a stranger with your secret? Disillusioned with the direction her life is going, Marsha Taylor wants to get away, to find out what’s left of her dreams. Picking up a hitchhiker along the way wasn’t her intention, but Jessie, a woman with troubles of her own, is hard to resist.A mishap on the road forces them to make a stop in a small town called Diamond Lake. Residents are on edge since a brutal murder happened in the area not long ago. Everyone has their secrets…some of them are deadly.

Buy Link(s)

Eternal Press: http://bit.ly/1aznFv0
Amazon: http://amzn.to/16UfutS

Excerpt

Sophie couldn’t sleep. Part of that was her own fault, a coffee late in the evening, reading articles about the murder online, checking her usual sources. She stayed in the chat room for a while, but there was no answer from her partner in crime-solving.

When she’d driven into Wilson, the air was already heavier and more humid, the sky darkening. Thunder rumbled in the distance. Clad in only a shirt and panties, she got up, walking into her daughter’s room. Laura was fast asleep. She’d slept through a thunderstorm before, unlike her mother who jerked awake at the slightest sound. Sophie went back to her own bedroom, flinching when the lightning bolt cut through the black night sky. There was no breeze to cool down the stuffy air inside these walls. The storm was still far away, and she wished for her colleagues of the night shift that they wouldn’t have to go out. Normally, even annoying teenagers would like to stay in during weather like this. They weren’t the only ones out there though.

There was someone who had slashed the women’s tires today. In Wilson, it was another hectic night for the locals and the federal agents in search of a brutal killer. Sophie felt exhausted, and useless. She thought of Mark who was so determined to rise through the ranks. If she hadn’t been so eager to get out of Wilson, she might be working with the Feds now. Alice had gone to the same high school, a few years before Sophie, so she hadn’t known her. Still, this was another thing they had in common, she and the victim. Her thoughts kept circling around her.

Alice had been eager to get out of Wilson as well. She had left for college and never looked back–until the killer found her.

The water Sophie had gotten herself earlier had gone stale in the plastic bottle. She took a sip, frowning. She needed to get up in a little over five hours, no point in torturing herself with thoughts of Hamel’s last moments. She wasn’t going to make a contribution by falling asleep at her desk tomorrow.

Buy Links again and contact links again as well.

Eternal Press: http://bit.ly/1aznFv0
Amazon: http://amzn.to/16UfutS

FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Winkes-Author-page/289940881121860?ref=hl
Twitter https://twitter.com/demeter94
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/demeter94/boards/
Blog www.barbarawinkes.blogspot.ca

Buy links to other titles:
Autumn Leaves: http://eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615727964
Winter Storm: http://eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615728749
(lesbian romance series)

Thank you Barbara.  I hope you’ll come back and share your upcoming releases with us.

If I Should Die and Milk Carton People by Sally Franklin Christie are available at your favorite book-seller in print and e-formats for your favorite e-reader.

Come back next week and don’t touch anything sharp!

Writerly Wednesday Welcomes D V Berkom

Writerly Wednesday Welcomes D B Berkom!  

 

Bio
DV Berkom grew up in the Midwest, received her BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat.

Several years and at least a dozen moves later, she now lives outside of Seattle, Washington with her sweetheart Mark, an ex-chef-turned-contractor, and writes whenever she gets a chance. You’re welcome to email her at dvb (at) dvberkom (dot) com or chat with her on Facebook or Twitter- she loves to hear from readers as well as other writers.

Serial Date by DV BeRkom

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Blurb


SERIAL DATE: A retired assassin. A serial killer with a social agenda.

A politician with a fondness for free-range livestock.

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television’s most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the ‘bachelors’ on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn’t so sure.

When Leine’s estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she’s forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she’ll need to use all of her cunning to stop him, and rescue her daughter.

Interview

1. In three days, all power will go off, everywhere for a very long time. What will you include in your author survival kit?
Solar-powered laptop & 4G phone, loaded Kindle, several packets of vegetable seeds, dark chocolate and many cases of red wine. I’m all about barter ?
2. Where did the idea for the work you are promoting arise?
From a severely twisted dream that woke me out of a dead sleep.

From Sally – last week’s guest mentioned his dream-life.  It seems to be a normal thing for writers to cultivate the dream-world and all of its potential. 


3. What do you like to read?
Lots of stuff. I gravitate toward fast-paced thrillers and mysteries as well as satire, but also love good historical fiction. I tend to read whatever’s within reach if I’m stuck sitting somewhere; signs, cereal boxes, license plates…
4. Tell us about the most exciting place you have ever visited?
Snorkeling in the Virgin Islands in fairly shallow water when a HUGE (we’re talking bus-size) manta ray floated by underneath me. I inhaled a LOT of sea water. Other than that, I’d say San Francisco during the Loma Prieta earthquake.
5. What is the most mundane, day to day, thing you can share about yourself?
I love carrots?
6. What scares you the most?
Narrow minds and the people who have them.
7. Tell us anything but keep it G rated.
I’m currently working on the second book in the Leine Basso/Santiago Jensen series. With a good tailwind, I expect it to be available in the fall. After that, I’ve got at least two more Kate Jones Thrillers in the works, with several more ideas on the boards. I’m also beginning a new professional chapter (sorry for the pun ?) and will be writing full-time. Wish me luck!

From Sally – I am sure all Writerly Wednesday Writers and Readers are cheering you on!  

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Thanks DV for the excellent interview!  

Keywords:

DV Berkom, Serial Date, assassin, serial killer, thriller, suspense, satire, dark humor, reality shows

Headwinds by Christopher Hudson

Writerly Wednesday Welcomes Christopher Hudson

Let’s offer a big Writerly Welcome to Christopher Hudson.

 

Headwinds by Christopher Hudson

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Bio

Christopher Hudson currently resides in a northern suburb of Detroit, Michigan. An on-and-off denizen of cubeville, he has written and produced many corporate videos and marketing projects. His creative endeavors have resulted in several short stories, three screenplays, and two novels.

Blurb

If you’re on vacation, fly coach. If you’re on business, fly first-class. If you’re on a mission, fly with Mickey.

Tony Boccaccio is after a bag of cash that he believes is his. Max Burke thinks otherwise and has hired two couriers to take the money to California. Mickey Soto is a commercial pilot hauling freight and instructing students from a small, Florida airport. Tony hires Mickey and his airplane to go after the couriers. Mickey thought his days of flying illegal cargo were behind him, but the lure of easy money and his policy of ‘don’t ask/don’t tell’ cause him to add to his history of poor decisions. Tony’s cousin, Gina, jumps in to help, and the three of the end up in a desperate cross-crountry race that leads to a West Coast pier and a fateful decision by Tony that impacts their lives in ways that none of them could have foreseen.

Excerpt

A cloud of dust followed the Cadillac as it sped along a country road west of Miami.  The driver winced at every rough patch that threatened to shake the car apart.  A gold chain bounced against his chest under a Hawaiian-print shirt.  In spite of the air-conditioning going full-blast, his olive forehead glistened with perspiration and he ran his hand over it and through dark, slicked back pre-maturely balding hair.

Suddenly he grabbed the wheel with both hands and slammed on the brakes, his sunglasses slipping down his nose as the car skidded to a stop.

“Goddamnit.”

He threw the barely stopped vehicle into reverse, throwing a cloud of dust in the opposite direction.  Slamming on the brakes again, he jammed the Caddy back into drive and swung it onto a barely visible two-track.

He eased the car a quarter-mile down the primitive driveway, stopping in front of a gate in a ten-foot high chain-link fence.  A sign proclaimed, Rodriquez BROS. AUTO SALVAGE. He stepped out of the Caddy into the blazing Florida sun, walked to the intercom mounted on the gate and pressed a button.

A barely recognizable, “Yeah?” filtered through the static.

“It’s Tony,” he said just as two snarling Dobermans reached the gate from the inside, barking frantically and pressing at the fence to get at the sweating man.  “Give me a sec to get back in my car before you …”

The gate began to slide open, the dogs nosing at the quickly widening opening.

“Sonofabitch,” Tony yelled as he scrambled back to the car and dove through the open door.

He slammed the door shut as the lead dog reached the car and leaped on the window.

Interview

1. In three days, all electricity is going to be shut off for a very long time.  What items are you going to gather in preparation for this event?

I guarantee food is going to be front and center … I get grumpy when I miss breakfast … beyond that, sheesh, I don’t know … I guess TV is out of the picture … oh, I know, my golf clubs.

2.Where did the idea for the work you are promoting arise?

I’m always think ‘cinematically’ … the stories I write play out like movies in my head, and there is always one showing … I think about turning my books into movies, but, unfortunately, I’m the only one.

3.What do you like to read?

Oddly enough, I read mostly history and historical fiction. I’m reading Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris right now and I just finished the WWII series by Jeff Shaara.

4.Tell us about the most exciting place you have ever visited?

Beside the amusement park? I don’t know … I’m not a real excitement junky … but I love being around the water … I love Lake Michigan and Hawaii was an absolute joy.

5.What is the most mundane, day to day, thing you can share about yourself?

That I can share? Okay, I do the laundry … there, I said it.

6.What scares you the most?

Talking heads on TV.

7.Tell us anything but keep it G rated.

Wow … that’s a broad topic. Let’s see … how about that I’m working on novel that I’m pretty excited about … no airplanes this time, but new characters that are very interesting and some exotic locals. Unfortunately, I’m a slow writer, so it won’t be available this year.

Keywords:

Headwind, Northern Cross, Christopher Hudson, action, adventure, thriller, fiction.

Come by next week when I know our guest will be Angie Skelhorn.

Christopher has been a very interesting guest and I suppose we’ll have to learn to wait for his next novel, he claims to be a slow Writer. Thanks Christopher for letting me post about you and please forgive my neverending formatting issues!