Sunday, June 29, 2014

#MyWritingProcess #BlogTour




I'd like to thank Author Dylan J. Morgan for asking me to participate in my second round of this blog tour.  Dylan has just released a new novel, The Dead Lands.  You have to check it out!  Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about Dylan and his other scary good titles at http://www.dylanjmorgan.com

Bio:
Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom.  He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life:  after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions. 

Described as an "addictive science fiction/horror hybrid", and one of their "favorite reads of 2014" by The Horror Bookshelf, his newest novel, a post apocalyptic story called The Dead Lands, is now available on Amazon Kindle and will release in paperback in September.  Dylan is also the author of the horror novels Flesh, Hosts, and The Blood War Trilogy of novellas, and the short story Collection Dominio della Morte.



 
I am happy you took the time out of your day to stop by the den and read about my writing process.  I will be answering a series of four questions and on the week of August 18th, the talented Lola White and Eric Keys will be taking the helm.  Let's begin.

What am I working on?

The beginning stages of a first draft on a dark erotic thriller.  It is tentatively titled Captive Heart.  Like most of my work, it has a mild horror element and an unconventional HFN ending. 

I'm also excited to announce that Dark Hollows Press accepted my manuscript, Conceiving Evil. It has a BDSM theme and is the darkest romance I've ever written.  Final edits were recently approved, but no release date has been set. 

Blurb for Conceiving Evil
 
Like everyone else after the economic crash, Abby Torrance was struggling financially.  But then Dorian Lincoln, a political and business icon, sweeps her off her feet and into a life of promise. He’s a man who has enough power to change the world for the better, a man who can give hope to the masses, a man who can give Abby a baby.
But the road to Hell is paved with good intentions and Abby is having strange dreams that seem both a warning and a prophesy. How can she give the evil undertones of her dreams any notice when she’s busy focusing on conceiving?

Of course my mind will always kick around other story ideas.  Some of them will make their way onto paper, some of them will disappear into the abyss, but I'll always have several monsters licking their literary chops inside my head.  May the hungriest beast win.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I'm not fond of this question, but I'll answer it in my own way.

Often times I think erotica isn't given the credit or the respect it deserves.  Unfortunately erotica seems to get confused with porn.  It is not porn.  Porn is just a bunch of sex strung together with no characterization or plot.

Many authors might disagree, but I think erotica is one of the most challenging genres to write.  Two of its most pleasant attributes are the uncanny ability to engage all of the five senses and give the reader a sensual experience. Studies have shown that women who read erotica have better sex lives. No other genre can do that.

I like to incorporate horror and suspense into my work simply because sex isn't always enough to entice some readers to complete a book. This might sound odd, but I've read some erotic pieces that were so bogged down with sex, I got bored with them.  Those books became a do-not finish-for me, so I try to keep a variety of action in my stories like those, "oh shit, what's gonna happen next" moments.

Why do I write what I do?

I write what I enjoy reading: horror and erotica.  I love characters that remind me of people I've come in contact with in real life. 

An example is a side character in Stephen King's novel, The Shining.  It was Watson, a beefy furnace repairman who took Jack Torrance into the boiler room of the Overlook Hotel.  The old guy would blow his nose into a bandana and talk about people who came into the hotel.  He shared his distaste for the money hungry owner and referred to him as 'one of those little dogs that bites you on the ankle then runs around and pees all over the rug'.

I'm not eclectic, more redneck and my tastes reflect it. I found Watson really cool, and I laughed because I've met that guy before.  I'd say most of us have encountered several personalities similar to the furnace repairman's.

CLASSIC HORROR IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

Horror is my first love and has the strongest influence on my writing.  It began at the age of four when my parents took me to a drive-in theater to see The Exorcist.  Of course it scared the crap out of me and I cried, but we kept watching until the very end.  Uh, thanks Mom and Dad.

When I was old enough to read, the first book I enjoyed was about haunted houses.  In third grade I used to sneak out of bed for the late late movies (long before Netflix and HBO) to watch Piper Laurie in Carrie, Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, and the beautiful Janet Leigh in Psycho.  When I got older, I was one of the first in line for tickets to see Jamie Lee Curtis light up the big screen in John Carpenter's Halloween.  I still haven't seen a remake that topped the original movie.      

There wasn't anything terribly scary about Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, but it was awesome how Bette Davis served Joan Crawford a dead rat on a platter and held her prisoner.  Davis rocked that role with her age inappropriate clothes and animated make-up. I will always adore that movie.

I fell in love with Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.  I mean, look at the guy, he was so good looking in a nerdy way.  He was delightfully creepy and he loved his mother to 'death'.

See, I'm getting all tingly and excited talking about horror.



How does my writing process work?

Although I'm generally an organized planner who prefers to work on a schedule, I don't have a solid writing process. 

I have to be totally in the mood to write and the words don't always come when I want them to.  If you read my blog post, Part II: My Writing Process, you'll discover the words come when they want to and it's usually in a very inconvenient place, like while I'm driving.

It's pretty aggravating, so I have to be prepared with a pen or voice recorder.  If I don't get the words down, they are lost forever.  It definitely controls me.  I don't control it. 

Sometimes music puts me inside a character's head, but I don't listen and write at the same time.  The inspiration happens before, not during. 

To sum it up, my writing process is informal and abnormal. I never considered myself normal, anyway.  The redneck method works just fine. 


Beginning Monday, August 18th, two other authors will continue the My Writing Process Blog Tour.  If you haven't read their sexy work, then what are you waiting for?

ATTENTION: Make sure you swing back by in September because Lola White will be the first feature interview of a new spotlight page titled, Awesome Authors. I had an interesting conversation with Lola, and I promise you don't want to miss it.
 


http://lola-white.com/
Author Lola White
 

Lola White is the author of erotic horror, dark fantasy and romance. For now, she makes her home on the east coast of the United States, but she's traveled extensively. Every chance she gets she uses the myths and legends of the cultures she's visited in her stories, but gives them a unique twist that will keep her readers guessing until the last page.

Find Lola:

Website:
Eric Keys
 
 
Eric Keys lives in the woods in the Southern United States. He enjoys writing dark fantasy, horror and – his favorite – horror erotica. His stories appear in a variety of publications listed on his Amazon Author’s page: http://amzn.to/1o4iisW

His novelette Grace & Blood is available on Amazon.com - http://amzn.to/1pZnQay

He is currently preparing a dark BD/SM story called For the Glory to be released shortly as a Kindle eBook.

He can be reached by email at eric.keys@live.com or on twitter at @HorrorEric

Website: http://erickeys.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/mywritingprocess-blog-tour/



 

 
 

 






Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cyber Bullying Has No Age Limit

We live in awesome times.  With the explosion in computer technology, the world seems smaller. The internet is a fantastic way to make friends all across the world, but with these cool advantages come big disadvantages. One of the most disturbing disadvantages is cyber bullying.

Bullying can happen to people at any age, and in this technologically advanced time, locker rooms and elementary school playgrounds aren't the most common places for this behavior anymore.

In case you don't know what cyber bullying is, take a look at this definition from www.about.com:

Cyber bullying involves being intentionally hurtful of other people through electronic communication. It can take place through a variety of digital means. The goal of cyber bullies is generally to intimidate the victim or damage her reputation.
Cyber bullies may instigate or escalate arguments by text message or chat. They can send harassing emails. Some cyber bullies spread gossip or rumors on social networking sites or other websites.

Hmmm...sound familiar?  If you use any kind of social networking, you've probably witnessed it. Almost every time I log onto a social media account, I see a tweet or a post in my newsfeed with some kind of silly gossip berating another person or attempting to ruin someone's reputation. It's disappointing that not every adult left that kind of behavior behind when they were handed their high school diplomas.

Different tactics are used to cyber bully.  Instead of coming right out and mentioning names, many bullies just use initials or links to blog posts to start a witch hunt.  Maybe this makes the poster feel less like a bully, or maybe it eases their conscious. Either way it's wrong, and it is a form of abuse no matter which way you cut it.

My whole point in writing this is to hopefully make people stop and think. Before sending out a message or making a post that is demeaning to another person, take a moment and ask yourself if you would want somebody to do it to you.  I'd say the answer would be no. 

In a perfect world, everybody is happy and nobody makes mistakes. I'd love to live in a place where nobody ever got hurt. Wouldn't you?  Until then, let's act like grown-ups.

**Bullies beware: There are legal repercussions for your actions**

Have you been a victim of adult cyber bullying? You can fight back! For more information visit: http://www.ehow.com/how_5270535_fight-adult-cyberbullying.html
   

















Saturday, June 21, 2014

Books Aren't Just For Reading

As a writer and a parent, one of my main concerns is to instill the desire to read in my children.  Reading is the key to unlocking opportunities for success throughout your entire life (sorry, math and science lovers). You have to be able to read to learn all subject areas.

I think it's important to introduce books at an early age.  When my twins were under a year old, I would show them books that were printed with bright colored pictures and let them turn the pages.  As they got older, we visited our local library each week and I would let them pick out a book that interested them (no matter how many times Mommy had already read the same title.)  I wish I had a nickel for each time I read  "The Fox and the Pig".

The library visits were also used as an opportunity to show my children how to find different sources of information from the library.  I showed them how to use the card catalog via computer, but the thing that fascinated them the most was the old fashioned micro film. 

It was an enjoyable trip back in time as we clicked through reels from newspapers that were printed before their grandparents were married in 1968.  My kids got to see what our hometown looked like decades before they were born.  Yes, the experience was more than just about learning, it was quality time spent with my children. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Books are a wonderful way to create those memorable moments. Turn off the television, pick a comfortable place to sit, but try to choose a time when the kids aren't tired and hungry (and you aren't either).  Spend around twenty minutes a day reading to them and make it engaging by using emotion in your voice. Point to pictures and ask them questions, such as, "What's that?" and encourage them to tell you a thing or two about it.  I guarantee they'll want to pick up the same story over and over, so be patient, and read it as many times as they want.   Hey, I think it's pretty darn cool that I'm an expert on foxes and pigs.




For tips on selecting the best books for your child, visit http://www.reachoutandread.org/resource-center/literacy-materials/choosing-books-for-children/

HAPPY READING!