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.
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 guess I would describe myself as an editor first, publisher second, with writer bringing up the distant rear. The first two jobs don’t leave me much time to develop the last. Although, I have managed to get a few stories published. I focus on the horror genre in particular with my own writing, but I publish and edit a slightly wider array.
Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?
I don’t think I would. Don’t get me wrong, there is a bit of a gender bias in the horror world, but that just makes me work harder. And if I do become popular with readers, I want to do so with my real name.
Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:
This one is hard, when I have time to read it’s mostly submissions I’m reading. I’m a big fan of Allison Dickson; I think I’ve read everything she’s written except her latest book. And I’m currently reading Belinda Frisch’s new novel, Fatal Reaction, for a review. She’s written one of the few zombie series I’ve enjoyed. I’m also a big fan of Michaelbrent Collings, Kealan Patrick Burke, Stephen King, and Bentley Little. But I haven’t had time to read any of their most recent works.
And I’m always a fan of the books I publish. We’ve got some great authors already, and a fantastic line up of books coming out this year. If I’m not in love with it, I don’t publish it.
Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?
My Grandmother has always been a huge inspiration to me. We were very close and she always had faith in me, no matter what. She was a very determined lady and was opinionated, long before women were supposed to have opinions. She passed away a few years ago and I still miss her nearly every day. Whenever things are really rough, and I’m struggling under my work load, or something personal, I look at her picture and think of everything she went through. She never gave up on anything and neither will I.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?
Start earlier! Lol. Write more, submit more, learn more about your craft. Don’t be so easily intimidated. Don’t take rejections so personally. Toughen up. But above all, write.
Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?
The press has several fantastic books coming out this year that I’m super excited about. I love anthologies and we have six coming out this year. We also have several novellas, a novel, a young adult, a gothic novella, and more. Plus we have some ideas we’re working on to make the press even better. Personally, I’m hoping to put the finishing touches on a novella I’ve written and submit it to a few places.
Where can we find you?
The Press website: Angelic Knight Press
Stacey Turner lives in West Central Illinois. Four wonderful, adult children call her “Mom,” and two beautiful little boys call her “Mimi” (Grandma). She is owned by cats. Most of her time is taken up with running Angelic Knight Press and editing, but she still finds time to review books & interview authors, write a blog about her absolutely ridiculous family, and write fiction. You can find her Author blog at www.staceyturner-authorspot.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter: @Spot_Speaks or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorStaceyTurner. To contact her about editing, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She enjoys editing because she’s bossy. And also because she revels in helping an author polish their work. She has edited several anthologies, including the upcoming No Place like Home: Tales from a Fractured Future and the more recent 50 Shades of Decay, as well as many novels & novellas for a variety of authors.
She has been published in several anthologies and online magazines. When not working, she enjoys photographing cemeteries, playing “what if,” and discussing the imminent zombie apocalypse. She does not enjoy scarecrows, creepy dolls, birds (of any sort), snakes, clowns or garden gnomes.
February 4, 2014 | Categories: Celebrating Women in Fiction | Tags: #CWIF2014, Allison M. Dickson, Belinda Frisch, Bentley Little, celebrating women in fiction, Fiction, Kealan Patrick Burke, Michaelbrent Collings, Stacey Turner, Stephen King, women in fiction, Women Writers, writing | 1 Comment