The end of the AHOW blog tour?

 

 

Today’s AHOW interview is with author William Thatch

Title and synopsis/blurb of your AHOW story:

“A Wacky Fantastical Misadventure in New Haven” is about a man who is being haunted by the mischievous ghost of Adolf Hitler. Wacky hilarity ensues.

What inspired you to write this story?

The general inspiration for an absurdist comedy story came from the Frank Burly series by John Swartzwelder. How precisely I came up with this story I have no idea. There was no particular impetus, I just put fingers to keyboard and let the story take me where it did. I knew the bare bones of the ending and the journey there, but that was it.

How long have you been writing?

Twenty-three years. If my writing were a Hollywood child actor it would have been to rehab twice, house arrest once, had career ruined because of a flippant offhand comment about Jews and found religion by now.

What genres do you most associate with in your writing?

Science fiction, primarily. I like to pair it with other things like noir, western, comedy, etc.

What are you working on right now?

A novella named Renaissance—a sequel about a French hitman with a heart of gold. The Caper Chronicles—a dramedy teleplay about a heist. And my entry for the next ‘Of Words’ anthology, which presently has no name, no characters, no story, no concept—you might say I have nothing prepared for it, and I’d call you technically correct, but a little mean for pointing it out.

What else do you have available/published:

“The Highway” is featured in A Journey of Words. It is about a dog named Connie who gets away from her abusive owner, and goes on an adventure to see and smell all the things she hadn’t seen and smelled before.

What advice do you give to new writers?

Write. Be honest about what you did wrong and what you could do better. Write some more. Don’t repeat the same mistakes.

List links where people can find your work:

Website: http://williamthatch.wix.com/author
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The0s1s/
Twitter: @The_0s1s

 

 

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Why a Mud Run is like Writing

In my world, everything is about writing.  I’m always people-watching, thinking about how the things I experience in real life might translate into fiction.  It’s far too easy to get into my own head and stay there.

But today I did my first mud run.  If you haven’t seen one on TV, it’s an obstacle course run that includes a bunch of mud pits.  They’re designed to get you filthy, and they’re a serious test of whole-body strength.

I was not ready.

I’m a runner.  I’ve done four full marathons, tons of halves, and I run all year long.  I thought that was keeping me pretty fit.

Nope.

Today’s run was only a 5K (3.1 miles for Americans).  I run longer than that every single time I run.  So I didn’t think this was going to be a huge challenge.

Here’s the course map.

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That’s 42 obstacles.  And that long part with no obstacles is a ridiculous hill run.  The yellow dots in the green space are places where we had to use a rope to get up the trail because it was so steep.

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That’s me at the top of one of them.

The rest of the obstacles included fording a river (which felt great by that point… the skinny chicks were freezing, but if there’s one thing my thighs are good for, it’s standing in an ice cold river), climbing under and over canoe piles,

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and climbing a couple of these things:

There were mud pits that wanted to suck the shoes right off my feet,

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which is why we duct taped them on, and a horrible rope swing thing that went poorly for everyone in my group.

So what’s this got to do with writing?

First, this was a great break for me.  When you’re horizontal on a slick hill climbing down a rope into a river, there’s no room in your head for anything else.  There’s only here and now, and that’s occasionally a very good thing.

The other thing I realized today is that I couldn’t have done it by myself.  I needed a hand out of some of those mud pits.  I needed a butt-boost up the rope on the huge wooden scaffold.  And I needed my friends to get me to do this in the first place.

That’s like writing.

The image of a solitary writer tapping away at a keyboard with a lap full of cats is pretty accurate, but nobody succeeds at this game alone.  Whether it’s the butt-boost of your writing group pushing you to go deeper into your characters, or another author offering you a hand with a cover blurb or blog hop opportunity, smart authors learn early that we’re not a solitary bunch at all.  It takes support to have the nerve to get started, and it’s sure nice to have some folks there to cheer you on.

I pushed myself today, and I’m sore tonight.  Tomorrow might be worse.  But I’m stronger for having done it, and I’ll be stronger still for having learned that my usual running habit is not enough.  Falling back on what I’ve always done won’t get me to this particular finish line.

Next time I duct tape my shoes on, I’ll be a lot better prepared. And that makes all the mud worth it.

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AHOW…the hauntings continue

 

Today’s AHOW interview is with author C. H. Knyght

Title and Blurb

The Last is a twisted tale of a monster hunting an innocent. With her whole family taken one-by-one, Marie fears for her very existence as the hunter returns one last time; for her soul.

What was your inspiration to write this story?

I was inspired to write The Last during a weekend challenge set during the Writer’s Games, run by the Writer’s Workout. The Last fell one place shy of a winning entry, so I was free to edit, polish, and make it the best it could be. It was ready for a home and found it in AHOW.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was a young teenager. I was always a bookwyrm and my dad encouraged me to write.

What genres do you most associate with your writing?

Fantasy is my broad genre of choice, but anything with magic or a supernatural mystique might come from my pen.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently participating in the Writer’s Games for the third year; won a round too. My main project is getting my novel, Nightvision, ready for self-publishing. I hope it will be released by the next end of summer depending on edits and illustrations.

What else do you have published?

This is my first released story. More to come soon though!

What advice do you give to new authors?

Don’t stop. One word after another. Look what you have accomplished, not what you gave left to do.

You can find me at:

Www.facebook.com/chknyght

And

Www.twitter.com/chknyght

 

 

More and more AHOW

 

Today’s AHOW interview is with author Jill Turner

 

Title and synopsis/blurb of your AHOW story:

Joe – is about a day in the life of a mother, her young son and their dog, Rufus. An altercation in the park goes some way to ruin their lovely day out.

What inspired you to write this story?

Without giving any spoilers away, I simply put myself in the place of the mother in this situation and the potential it had for what actually happens as the story unfolds.

How long have you been writing?

A long, long time! I’ve only over the last few years begun to take it seriously and taken the leap into publishing any of my work. It was a tough decision to make – would people laugh at my efforts? Would they tell me I’m no good? Any writer puts a piece of their soul into their work, so I think that taking the plunge is possibly one of the hardest things to do as it leaves you open to the public eye (and I’m actually quite a private person). However, I love writing and I wish I’d taken it seriously much, much sooner than I did!

What genres do you most associate with in your writing?

That’s a tricky question! I made up my own tales on a nightly basis for my own children during their growing years –  so putting a fantasy story that was begging to be written onto paper was quite easy and it wouldn’t let me rest until I’d developed it into a trilogy. I have also written a young adult book about how social media can have an effect on lives (comedy/contemporary fiction) and loved writing it, and more recently, I’ve written a darker, more adult book that is paranormal based, and, of course, the even darker tale of young Joe. I’m quite into these stories at the moment and have various ideas tugging at my subconscious mind!

What are you working on right now?

I have two things on the go at the moment; a spin off from the fantasy trilogy that was triggered by a reader asking me what would happen if… and an adult book that involves someone witnessing the kidnapping of a little boy and the murder of his mother.

What else do you have available/published?

Okay, the books I have out at the moment are: The Seelie Princess; Rise of the Dragons; The Seelie Queen (they make up the fantasy trilogy); Nan Nose Best – about how a teenage girl’s nan posts on her social media page and the change it has on the family when her posts go viral; Sunshine Girl – a paranormal story about a girl who’s not quite dead enough, oh, and The Christmas Turkey – a rhyming story for youngsters that looks at Christmas from the point of view of an enterprising little turkey.

What advice do you give to new writers?

Get stuck in! Find out what works for you – do you need to write an outline of your story? Or are you just going to start writing with a good idea of where you want it to go? There’s no right or wrong way, just your way. If your story gets told, it’s what’s good for you! Join writer groups if you can (Fiction Writing on Facebook is rather fab) but be prepared to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to any advice that’s given out. I always lurk in the background and get a feel for who actually knows what they’re talking about before I’ll interact! Oh, and don’t ask family members to read your work, you won’t get true reactions from them – ask other writers to beta read for you (you’ll find these via the groups you join – and they won’t hold back on telling you where you need to sharpen up so be careful who you ask)!

Links where people can find your work.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jill-Turner/e/B0142S490M

https://www.amazon.com/Jill-Turner/e/B0142S490M

https://authorjmturner.wordpress.com/

 

More AHOW fun!

 

 

Today’s AHOW interview is with author Sunanda Chatterjee

 

 

Title and synopsis/blurb of your AHOW story:

Jimmy’s Shadow is the story of a young mother, guilt-ridden from the death of her four-year old son who drowned in the family pool on her watch, but who has now has returned to haunt her.

 

What inspired you to write this story?

In this story, the imagery of the house, the backyard, the lawn, and the pool is from my own home. When I moved in fifteen years ago, I was always anxious with my two-year-old daughter playing in the backyard right beside the pool. I don’t write in the horror genre; I write about love, family relationships, and motherhood. Something about a mother’s love for her child, a visceral, elemental emotion that triumphs all else, haunts me. My bestselling novel is about a mother fighting for her child’s life, and I wondered about a world where she didn’t succeed. The haunting in this story is not horror, per se, but more filled with angst, regret, and guilt, and how a mother processes her feelings when faced with the memory of her lost son.

 

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for thirty years, but only in the past ten did I start to send stories and novels out for publication. I finally started publishing three years ago.

 

What genres do you most associate with in your writing?

I write women’s fiction and romance, including romantic suspense. My characters are often multiracial, and many are from India, where I was born.

 

What are you working on right now?

I am working on a series right now, called The Wellington Estate Series, based in southern California. They are romantic suspense (with more romance than suspense), filled with family secrets, romantic love, and scandals, but are ultimately about female empowerment and friendships. I’m done with the first two of the series, which are now with the editor. I will start on the third book soon.

 

What else do you have available/published?

I have four stand-alone novels: Shadowed Promise, Fighting for Tara, The Vision, and The Blue House in Bishop.

A novelette: Maggie’s Farm, which first appeared in Cupid’s Bow Anthology and now is published separately. The other novelette Lost and Found, from Cupid’s Bow is based on characters from my novel, The Vision and will be published soon.

Several short stories: A White Christmas and Letters from Carmen in Holiday Heartwarmers Collection; and a few short stories in short-story.net.

 

What advice do you give to new writers?

  1. Write what you love and what you love to read. You don’t realize the nuances you’ll pick up from just reading a lot on your genre: about character arcs, plot structure, dialogue and themes. Because you may write for yourself, but if you want to make it your livelihood, you must bow to reader expectations.
  2. Read about how to write, take a writing course, join writer’s groups or critique groups to solidify your basics, otherwise you’ll waste a lot of time re-editing. I know this from experience, because it took me ten years and eight full edits before publishing my first book, The Vision.
  3. No matter how well you write, get an editor regardless of whether you want to go the indie publishing route or traditional publishing. You know your story too well and won’t find plot holes, but an outside look by an impartial editor will help strengthen your story.

 

List links where people can find your work:

Website: http://www.sunandachatterjee.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sunanda-J.Chatterjee/e/B00YNT97AS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunandaChatterjee_Author-515705275228760/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunandajoshich1

 

 

AHOW strikes back

 

 

Today’s AHOW interview is with author Donise Sheppard.

Title and synopsis/blurb of your AHOW story:

“Coalrun Road”

Jennifer’s in love with her family’s new house. Her youngest daughter copes with the move by making an imaginary friend. When objects start moving on their own, Jennifer begins to wonder if the bargain house has a secret. There’s a perfume stench in the bathroom that won’t go away, and Jennifer sees wisps of blonde hair when nobody is around. Maybe the drawings behind the wallpaper in the bedroom are just a sick joke from a previous owner, but what if they aren’t?

 

What inspired you to write this story?

Ghosts terrify me. I wanted to write something that would scare someone else just as much as it scares me.

 

How long have you been writing?

I started writing for fun when I was a little girl. I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until I was in college.

 

What genres do you most associate with in your writing?

I like to write Young Adult with science fiction and romance elements. I like the idea of incorporating real life with fantastical elements.

 

What are you working on right now?

At this moment, I am working on a Young Adult science fiction novel and another short story in the horror genre.

 

What else do you have available/published?

I have previously published six young adult novels, three of which are part of a dystopian series.

 

What advice do you give to new writers?

Read whenever you can, and write at least an hour a day, even when you have writer’s block, because writing anything is always better than writing nothing.

 

List links where people can find your work:

https://www.facebook.com/authordonisesheppard/

amazon.com/author/donisesheppard

Flamewalker Returns!

Happy Immolation Day!

Celebrate the new edition of Flamewalker today.

Women rule in Saria.

Gifted with the Goddess’s magic, those women chosen as Flamewalkers wear Her scars and wield Her power. Seer, Healer, or Firemaiden, each must master a newfound skill and take her place in the country’s service.

When Khalira emerges from the ceremonial flames marked with all three Flamewalker powers, even her own kind shrink away in fear. An outcast at the Academy, she must learn to control three conflicting gifts like no other woman before her.

And control them she must.

Far to the north in an enemy land, blacksmith Adon Estervar watches in horror as his daughter is burned alive for the treason of wielding healing ability without the king’s authority. Wracked with despair, he stumbles upon an ancient secret, a way to steal Flamewalker gifts for himself. But women’s power is madness in a man. If he cannot control this stolen magic, his vengeance threatens to ignite a war that could burn both countries to ashes.

 

High Fantasy at its very best.     –Nikolas Everhart, author of Cee is for Clone

 

If you enjoy fantasy, treat yourself to being engulfed by Flamewalker!  –Timothy Attewell, author of  Carry On: Stan Zuray’s Journey from Boston Greaser to Alaskan Homesteader

Vogel has spun an unforgettable, intense tale that I could not put down.  –Jennifer Reinfried, author of Grim Ambition

 

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