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Celebrating Women in Fiction

The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – Stacey Turner

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Ileana’s Return
Dedicated to Rob M. Miller
by Stacey Turner

The Castle of my childhood now gray and crumbling,
but still standing on that stony cliff
beside the churning waters of an angry sea.
The scene familiar—and yet,
the damage wreaked by time
rendering its appearance still more sinister.
How long since here I last stood?
Four-score, a hundred, perhaps more years.
I’ve stayed away, unwilling, unable to face the past.
A tour is just beginning, the last one tonight.
I follow inside, and through halls, suffocating with memories.

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Source: The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Stacey Turner @Spot_Speaks @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Books, Babes, and the Business: Audrey Lynn Brennan

blog header cwifAudrey Lynn Brennan

Describe yo’self.

I’ve had a passion for reading, writing, and art, ever since I can remember. Although I’m still very new to the business, I would describe myself primarily as an illustrator/artist. I work a little bit behind the scenes for Sekhmet Press, also doing some editing, which I find strangely satisfying – possibly because I can never seem to stop compulsively editing everything I hear or read in my head. In the future I would like to also someday publish some of my writing.

Specific genre?

So far I’ve been drawn to working on strange, dark, and surreal pieces. I love anything that lingers in my mind, especially in that twilight between consciousness and dreams. That’s the feeling I want to try to capture in my work. That being said, as I mentioned, I am still very new to the fiction world, so there are still many genres I would like to explore. I think romance illustration could be scandalously fun, for example.

Do you moonlight as a man? Why/why not?

I never have used a male pseudonym, and currently have no plans to do so in the future. It’s possible I may decide to give it a try as an experiment one day, to see what kind of different audience my work would attract based on a difference as small as a name.

Favorite/recent books or authors?

Neil Gaiman is my hero. Especially for his novel American Gods, and his graphic novel series The Sandman – which is also worth checking out for the stunning artwork by Dave McKean and a host of others. I can’t even begin to explain why and how much I love this stuff without dissolving into a rambling mess of rabid enthusiasm. If you haven’t read them, please do.

Recently I’ve also been enjoying George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy saga, A Song of Ice and Fire. I have to admit I am slightly embarrassed to confess to loving something so mainstream and trendy at the moment, but fantasy was what originally made me fall in love with reading as a child. I remember spending hours and hours on end as a little girl curled up with C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Brian Jaques Redwall series, and later on the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. As an adult, I don’t think I’ve ever fallen into a fantasy world the way I remember being affected by those books as a child, until I started reading ASOIF when I was suffering withdrawal after the second season of HBO’s A Game of Thrones ended.

 Advise yo’ baby self.

The biggest piece of advice I would give my younger self is not to get intimidated by perfectionism before even starting a project. This is still something I struggle with – I have a hard time even starting anything without feeling completely sure that I have enough time, all at once, to complete it to my standards. There have also been so many times I’ve completely scrapped something I’m working on because it doesn’t look perfect when it’s only 10% complete. When I can listen to the rational part of my mind, I know that work evolves on the page. Nothing starts out perfect. Unrealistic expectations just hold you back.

Current projects and shit.

I’m really excited about the upcoming horror novella I’m illustrating, A Piece of Miracle by Patrick C. Greene. (you can see a test cover below) Look for it this Fall. In addition, I’m currently growing a real live human being in my guts – coming out in early May!

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audrey1I’ve had a love affair with all things creative throughout my whole life. As a kid, I was a total bookworm. I’ve always had a passion for painting and drawing as well, and in high school I attended a magnet school for visual and performing arts, where I became heavily involved in theater and dance. I studied fine art and illustration in college, and now work as an editor and illustrator for Sekhmet Press with the amazing Jennifer L. Greene. I hope to transition to that being my full time job, but presently I must confess to still bartending part time to pay the bills.


Books, Babes, and the Business: Kate J. Jenkins

blog header cwifKate J. Jenkins

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I identify as a reader, and a very (very) early-stage writer. In the last year, through beta reading, I’ve become increasingly interested in working with authors on their work. By this, I mean editing and the exciting task of, hopefully, asking questions of and with authors that help them develop ideas and characters between first and final drafts. As I transition from my career as an attorney, I genuinely hope to engage in more of this work.

Do you focus on a certain genre with your work?

I read in several genres, but I find myself forever returning to horror, speculative, and, especially, crime fiction.  My girlfriend tells me, I’m not allowed to bring home any more crime fiction novels because piles of them already “decorate” the house adequately.  My own writing is horror / speculative fiction.  I remember reading a book of ghost stories when I was in kindergarten or first grade and getting a shiver at the end of a story.  I believe I’m still chasing that emotion when I read and when I write.  I love crime fiction because, when done well, it’s all about character and place.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently.

I’ve loved all of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, in particular The Likeness about a detective who looks so much like a murdered graduate student that she pretends to be her and not to have died, and moves back into the house the woman shared with three other graduate students who are the primary suspects. I also enjoyed Night Film by Marisha Pessl, about investigation into the apparent suicide of the young daughter of a cult film horror film director who may or may not have committed atrocities against the people who’ve worked for him in his films. I love and will read anything by indie writer Allison M. Dickson.  She has the ability to create worlds and internal character voice that make her stories undeniably compelling.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how has she shaped your work?

My mother.  She just returned from a two-year stint in rural Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer in July, 2013. She’s 65. This after a 25 year career as an attorney. She makes clear by her actions that honesty and commitment to the larger good are essential. I also think my girlfriend has helped me to become a much more at peace and, thus, kinder person by her own life example. In my writing, my dear friend Allison Dickson, who is always open to discussion about the craft.

If you could give yourself one piece of advice relating to the business, what would it be?

Start writing earlier, it truly is a craft that requires butt-in-chair hours. And, be less afraid, listen less to my own internal editor. Given that I’m at such an early stage of writing, I think I need to take this advice now, at 42 years old.

Do you have a current project coming up you would like to tell us about?

I’m working on a novel and on a couple of short stories.  My goal, as a writer, is to submit and/or self-publish a short story or two in 2014. I’m also looking seriously into offering editing services professionally, with the idea of perhaps creating my own micro-press.  Jennifer Greene has been incredibly generous in sharing her knowledge and experience as it relates to her respected press, Sekhmet Press, LLC. If I do it, I hope I can be as professional and encouraging as she and Sekhmet are for the authors they work with.

Where can we find you?

katejenkins1Right now, on Facebook.  I plan to have a website and Facebook page for writing and/or editing soon.


Books, Babes, and the Business: Jaime Johnesee

blog header cwifJaime Johnesee

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…)

JJ: I’m an author who was a zookeeper and has the luck of a cursed zombie accidentally shambling into a necrophiliac convention.

Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

JJ: Nope. I don’t think I could limit my muse if I wanted to, she has some brilliant ideas.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

JJ: Nope. I never really thought about it. I guess just because I am who I am and if someone doesn’t like my work just because of my uterus… well, then I wouldn’t want them to have it anyway.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

JJ: Bill Naylor’s The Misadventures of a Zoo Keeper is one that was absolutely brilliant. It’s the best zoo keeper memoir I’ve read yet, and I’ve read a lot of them. As for horror, you can’t beat Strings by Allison M Dickson and Ricky Cooper’s Designated: Infected was extremely well done. I also loved The Murdered Metatron by James Glass and Colt Coltrane: The Lotus Killer by Allison M. Dickson. Laurie Ricard’s Rowan’s End is one I am reading now. Of course you can’t go wrong with anything by Lori R Lopez or Leigh M Lane.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

JJ: Honestly it has to be Lisa Lane who writes horror as Leigh M Lane. She read my novella Shifters and messaged me that she loved it but it needed a lot of editing. She said she didn’t want to review it until I had a chance to clean it up. She’s been a godsend ever since teaching me grammar and helping me clean my work.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

JJ: Don’t ever even think of giving up. You are good enough and you will make it. I’d also tell me to have more confidence in myself. (People didn’t start taking me seriously until I started realizing I am good at this and I’m only going to get better.)

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

JJ: Well I am working on rewrites for a novel called Holly Andrews. I’m really excited about this one as it does contain my favorite zombie, Bob.

Where can we find you?

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http://www.JaimeJohnesee.com

http://www.facebook.com/authorJaimeJohnesee

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jj picJaime Johnesee worked as a zookeeper for fourteen years before deciding to focus on her passion of writing. Her decision has proven to be a good one, as her books have been received with critical acclaim. Although her initial foray into the literary world has been marked by success, Jaime has just begun and is a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.


Books, Babes, and the Business: Mary Ann Peden-Coviello

blog header cwifMary Ann Peden-Coviello

WiHM is nothing but self-promotion. Women use their sexuality to get ahead, and it gives them an unfair advantage over men.

I ought to write a couple books about rape and revenge under a female pen name. That way I can get in on this “Women in Horror Month” publicity.

I will pick up a horror novel by a man before I even try one written by a woman. Women don’t have the imagination that men do.

Women don’t write horror anyway. They just write romance with a few scary scenes.

Men are better storytellers than women.

There are more good horror novels written by men.

Why do we even need a “Women in Horror Month” anyway? Shouldn’t we just be writers, judged solely on the merits of our stories? Yes, in a perfect world, yes. I’d ask you to reread the comments I began this post with. I saw those comments in various forums in the last few days. I have not included the names of the people who made them, and I have reworded them slightly. I did not change the meaning, however, not even a little bit.

Women are not judged solely on the merits. Books written by women are not taken as seriously as those written by men except in the romance genre. (Men in that genre, by the way, face much the same discrimination and marginalization as women in horror.)

Malina Roos threw down a challenge. She took six pieces of writing (volunteered for the experiment by the writers of the pieces), half by men and half by women, and asked readers to decide which pieces were written by which gender. Here are the results. They are instructive.

As long as readers skip over a book written by a woman just because it was written by a woman we will need to celebrate those of us who elbow our way in, demanding a seat at the table and refusing to be patted on the head and set in a corner.

Oh, and that bit about women using their sexuality to ensure their success? Please. Granted, my success has mostly been in the editing department, but if I had relied on my sex appeal to gain that success, I’d be about as successful as an Alpine skier with a fear of heights.

As long as women are not taken seriously as writers of horror, we need to shine a spotlight on the ones who write and write well. Is one month every year too much to ask?

 And now the interview…

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…)

I am a writer who edits. Or an editor who writes. I do copy-editing, not structural or developmental editing. I’m not so good at telling you that the second chapter is too long and the sixth chapter should be cut in half and Part A stuck back with chapter four and Part B expanded. However, if you want someone to catch your excessive point-of-view changes, repeated words, and then nag you about tags – well, I might be your Evil Editor of choice.

Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I’ve edited horror, adventure, fantasy, young adult mystery, and romance. I write horror, paranormal, mainstream literary—all of it with a leavening of humor.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym?

No, I don’t think I would. I’m not going to say never, though. After all, I have never used a pseudonym since leaving the fanfiction world where I did use one. I use my whole double-barreled first and double-barreled last name. If you Google that name, you won’t find anyone but me. Why or why not? If the work felt as if it needed a male presenter, I might consider it. On the whole, though, I prefer my own name.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

Killion Slade’s “Exsanguinate,” Valerie Douglas’ “The Coming Storm,” Jaime Johnesee’s “Bob The Sequel,” Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall,” Sue Grafton’s “W is For Wasted.” These are just the ones I’ve read in the last few days. My reading is all over the place. (I haven’t even begun to list the craft books I’m reading now. I’m a glutton for writing craft books.)

 Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

Probably my mother, but maybe not for the reasons you’d think. She loved me, but she never understood me and never believed I could do anything well. She passed away in 1996, and I began writing again in 1997 or 1998 after a twenty-year hiatus. I’m always still trying for her approval, even though I’ll never have it.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

Don’t stop. Don’t let anyone tell you your talent doesn’t measure up to some standard they hold over your head. On the other hand, don’t think you know it all. Learn. Learn all the rules, so you can bend them, break them, twist them into pretzels with authority, style, and grace. If you don’t learn those rules, you’ll just look as if you don’t know any better.

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

I’m writing a novella called “Zombies Ate My Homework.” The main character is a teacher. I’m working on a paranormal novel called “Rule Number One.” And a boatload of short stories. Of course, I’m always editing for someone as well.

Mary Ann can be found online here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryAnnPedenCovielloAuthorEditor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MAPedenCoviello

Blog: http://www.skewednotions.com

cropped for FB profileMary Ann was born in Arlington, Virginia, and has lived in several states, all below the Mason-Dixon Line. She has been married to the same man since 1976. She and her husband have two sons of their own, one unofficially adopted son, and one daughter-in-law. Even as a little girl, Mary Ann made up stories and continued to write through college. She stopped writing after she married. Twenty years or so later, she began dabbling in fanfiction. She had no confidence in her ability to create characters, so playing with someone else’s characters seemed safe. After a couple of years of fanfiction, she began writing original fiction again and has never looked back. Recently, she began editing. Her motto is simple: Every writer deserves an editor with a sharp eye and a nasty attitude.


Books, Babes, and the Business: Billie Sue Mosiman

blog header cwifBillie Sue Mosiman

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…) Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I’m a writer. I write suspense and horror. I like the dark side.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

I decided early on not to do that. I’d keep the Billie Sue, though it was so very Southern, and my husband’s last name. I have recently published three e-book short stories under a male pseudonym to test something out for myself. The male name gets no promotion, ever. No tweets, no Facebook links, no one knows his name, since he does not exist in reality. He has no track record, no other works attributed to him, no friends or family. Yet his little stories sold great at first and now they sell regularly, month after month. What does my experiment say to me? I’m not finished experimenting. As the three stories are zombie tales, I will want to write a crime story and another horror story of a different sort and see what happens with them. But I do find it strange a non-person, without promotion, without even a blog or a friend in the world, buried beneath hundreds of thousands of zombie books and stories, sells regularly. Is it the male name? Obviously so since I wrote the stories no differently than I write my stories under my own name. You decide.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

Roh Morgan, Trent Zelazny, Michael Reaves, Joe McKinney, Lori Lopez, Kat Yares, Catie Rhodes, Franklin Wales, Stephen King.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

My grandmother, Naomi Robinson, was the most influential woman in my life. The only way she shaped my work is by always telling me, “You’re good as the best and better than the rest.” She gave me confidence.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

Don’t be too eager. Take more time. Hold publishers back from pushing too hard for the next book.

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

Post Mortem Press will publish my next novel of suspense, THE GREY MATTER, in April or May this year. I’m very excited about it.

Where can we find you? 

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Twitter: @billiemosiman

 

Blog: http://www.peculiarwriter.blogspot.com

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Billie-Sue-Mosiman/e/B000AQ0Z5E

 

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bs mosimanAuthor of more than 60 books on Amazon, I am a thriller, suspense, and horror novelist, a short fiction writer, and a lover of words. In a diary when I was thirteen years old I wrote, “I want to grow up to be a writer.” It seems that was always my course. My books have been published since 1984 and two of them received an Edgar Award Nomination for best novel and a Bram Stoker Award Nomination for most superior novel. I have been a regular contributor to a myriad of anthologies and magazines, with more than 160 short stories published. My work has been in such diverse publications as Horror Show Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. I taught writing for Writer’s Digest and for AOL online, and gave writing workshops locally in Texas. I was an assistant editor at a Houston literary magazine and co-edited several trade paperback anthologies with Martin Greenberg. My latest work in paperback and Kindle digital is SINISTER-Tales of Dread, a compilation of fourteen new short stories all written in 2013.

Recently I’ve sold short stories to the anthologies BETTER WEIRD edited by Paul F. Olson from Cemetery Dance, ALLEGORIES OF THE TAROT edited by Annetta Ribken, FRESH FEAR edited by William Cook, WRAPPED IN RED edited by Jennifer Greene, and SOMEONE WICKED edited by Weldon Burge. My latest suspense novel, THE GREY MATTER, will be published by Post Mortem Press by May 2014.


Books, Babes, and the Business: Leigh M. Lane

blog header cwifLeigh M. Lane

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…) Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I consider myself a horror novelist above all else, although some of my dystopian work straddles the fence between sci-fi and horror and I do also write short stories and screenplays. I write both psychological and paranormal horror, but I must say I prefer psychological monsters over the paranormal ones. I also do some editing.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

I’ve considered it, but I don’t think it’s something I’d actually ever do. In our current climate, with so many women striving to prove themselves as valuable contributors to the genre, it would be counterproductive to give in to the mindset that only men can sell good horror. I would rather suffer the setbacks that come with being female than succeed on the basis that readers believe my work was written by a man. I am who I am, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to prove I’m much more than just a pretty face.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

The books I’ve enjoyed most recently are Deeply Twisted, a short story collection by Chantal Noordelos, Deathwatch, by Lisa Mannetti, and People Person, by Trent Zelazny. I recommend all three.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

Lisa Mannetti has by far been my greatest personal influence. She’s a neat woman and an exceptional horror writer. She has helped me to become more detail oriented in my writing, and she’s living proof that the glass ceiling that continues to hover over us is not shatterproof.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

Go back to school sooner than later. Take some time to learn your craft before jumping head-first into those shark-infested waters. Don’t be too eager to make a sale; don’t be afraid to reject that contract on the grounds of some iffy clauses. Above all else, have confidence in yourself!

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

I have one novel I’m currently shopping and another I’m in the process of editing, and I also have an episodic novella series I’m hoping will find a good home sometime soon. My short story “Mused” is set to be published through Calidum Magazine sometime this month.

Where can we find you? 

Website: http://www.cerebralwriter.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Leigh-M.-Lane/e/B0055DSE6Y

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeighMLane

Twitter: @LeighMLane

llLeigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and twelve published short stories divided among different genre-specific pseudonyms. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her traditional Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe, was a finalist in the 2013 EPIC Awards in horror.