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Psychology with a Paranormal Twist   2 comments

What’s the strangest medical or psychological condition you’ve ever given to one of your characters?

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I worked in a community behavioral health center for 15 years, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that I am fascinated with the workings of the human mind. I also live in a community with a strong military presence, so post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is on parade in our town.

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Shane Delaney in Transformation Project was a mercenary, but turning war into a financial exchange didn’t protect him from the pain that follows killing people whose only crime is defending their homes from invaders, of which you are one. He feels guilty, he doesn’t sleep, he can’t talk about it, and he sees things that aren’t there, which are all clinical symptoms of PTSD.

I’m a speculative fiction writer. Throwing in a little fantasy with the apocalyptic feels natural to me, so I’ve added a twist … Galina Greyeyes. She was an ancestress of Shane’s grandmother and a Wyandot woman who does actually appear in the annals of the Wyandot sojourn in Kansas. I created a story of harm and familial haunting for the past century and a half. She appears in different guises to certain men of Greyeyes descent and those men have almost always ended up killing themselves.

Call it PTSD with a paranormal element.

Suffice it to say Transformation Project is not a paranormal series and it is grounded in a reality that could happen, but I like playing with that question of whether Galina is just a figment of Shane’s psychological damage or she’s a demon assigned to a particular family. I won’t say anymore because I’m halfway through the series and Shane isn’t done dealing with his past, but suffice it to say, if she’s a demon, she doesn’t have to be amenable to treatment.

Interview with Sara O. Thompson   Leave a comment

Today’s interview is with Sara O. Thompson. Welcome to the blog.

 

Thank you so much for having me! I’m very happy to be here.

 

Tell us something about yourself. 

 

Sara Thompson author picI write, work, love, and play in Louisville, Kentucky. We ARE part of the South, so don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I have a day job, as does my husband (he’s a critical care nurse). We have twin sons who are almost 4. When I’m not working, writing, or wrangling toddlers, I perform improv comedy with my troupe, Project Improv. I also love cooking and baking, crafts, and movies.

 

 

I know a lot of folks from Louisville … so many that I even know how to pronounce the name of your town correctly. It’s one of those places I have missed in my travels, but hope to visit someday. At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

 

I wrote the first twelve or so pages of a book when I was maybe eleven. It was a blatant rip off of Lord of the Flies and I spent most of those twelve pages talking about the various socio-economic classes and personalities of the school kids on board. I think I still have it up on my blog somewhere.

 

 

You put your first writing out on public display? Very brave! Tell us about your writing process.

 

I’m a hybrid plotter/pantser. This series is so big (10 books), I wrote a 70-something page outline. It gets vaguer and sparser the closer to the end, but it’s pretty much all there. I use a lot of improv techniques to outline and write.

 

 

Where did this myth come from that discovery writers can’t use an outline sort of as a roadmap that doesn’t constrain our creativity? I completely understand. What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

 

I try to read as much as I can in my genre and books like mine, which are urban fantasy with a female protagonist. I love science fiction, historical fiction, and steam punk. I especially love books that are a mashup of other genres and ideas.

 

 

What is something you cannot live without?

 

My husband, my kids, my laptop, pretty notebooks and pens, dresses, wine (because of the kids), my Kindle full of books, undereye concealer (because of the kids), cheese, lipstick, and wi-fi.

 

 

I used to babysit my twin cousins. They gang up on you. When you are not writing, what do you do?

 

I’ve been performing improv for about 6 years. I love it so much. It has helped me so much as a writer that I have developed a workshop on using improv skills as a writer. I perform with a really great group and it’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

 

 

That sounds like an interesting project … a different way of approaching writing. Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

 

I steal like a crow with a basket of baubles. I collect ideas, tidbits of dialogue, character sketches. Then I make a book out of them. You must cast you net wide, for in the pond where you least expect it, there will be fish.

 

 

Nice concept. What sort of research do you do for your novels?

 

I’m guilty of falling into the Wikipedia hole more than anything. I read, listen to podcasts, get newsletters. I’m just always on the lookout.

 

Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

 

I had a professor in grad school who said every writer has a holy trinity: the three things you always write about, even if you try not to. For me, I’d say my holy trinity is religion, food, and possession (think Exorcist). I was raised Roman Catholic, but I enjoy exploring and challenging the ideas I was brought up with. I also like to point out similarities between religions and ask what would happen if…. For instance, I answer the question, “What would happen to world religions if we learned the stories about fairies and demons were not fantasy, but fact?” As far as food, my characters always eat on a regular basis.

 

 

You wouldn’t want them to get low blood sugar. Fainted characters just aren’t all that interesting. So, I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

 

Does this cabin have wi-fi? That will make a difference. I’ll also have lots of notebooks, pens, markers, my laptop and power cord. Wine for the evenings. I’m bringing whatever book I’m reading at the time plus a Kindle full of others. Oh, and probably a gun, because…Alaska.

 

 

The gun and notebooks are practical ideas. Currently, the cabin doesn’t even have electricity. We’re way backwoods here … we even have a resident grizzly bear that saunters through occasionally.  But you are only 50 miles from the second largest city in the state. Talk about your books individually.

 

Sara Thompson Muddy WatersMy debut novel, Muddy Waters (Book 1 of Otherwhere series), came out in April. This was a book I wrote because it’s the kind of thing I want to read. It has a female protagonist who is smart, funny, and magic. It is not at all what I thought I would first publish with. I thought I’d write some big literary fiction book and, well, best laid plans and all that. This story came easily and I enjoy writing this world.

 

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

 

I’d like them to have been entertained, to maybe have had a laugh or two, and perhaps thought something they hadn’t thought before. Above all, I’d like to be unignorable.

 

Links to find Sara and her books.

 

 

 

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Interview with Adrianne Lemke   1 comment

 

Today’s interview is with Adrianne Lemke. Welcome to the blog, Adrianne. Tell us something about yourself. 

AdriLemke Author PicI live in rural Wisconsin on a little hobby farm. We have two dogs, a bunch of chickens, several barn cats, a house cat, and two horses.

By day I am a Veterinary Assistant. By night, an author. I am part of a large family, but have no significant other. What I do have are three brothers, two sisters, two brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law. And with the married pairs, I have ten nieces and nephews and one more on the way.

I love horseback riding. I have been riding longer than I’ve been writing.

 

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I went to college I saw the beginning of a story I had started writing in high school (at the request of a friend) and decided to continue writing it. Since then I have written several other novels, and have self-published four of them so far.

 

 

Tell us about your writing process.

AdriLemke Fear CoverI usually write with the TV on in the background. It usually works best to have something I’ve seen several times, so I don’t have to pay attention to it. I almost never plan what is going to happen, and when I try, the story usually goes in its own direction anyway.

Normally I don’t let anyone read my work until the full story is complete. Most of the time I end up writing a pretty decent chunk of the book, then decide I don’t like it, or it could be better, and I start it over from the beginning. Sometimes I wonder how those aborted efforts would have ended…

 

I have a similar writing process. What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

So many favorites…I think fantasy is probably the one I most enjoy reading. For writing, I enjoy Paranormal/suspense.

 

 

 

When you are not writing, what do you do?

AdriLemke TrackerWhen I’m not writing, I am usually reading. I also spend time with my various pets, and do some horseback riding (when the weather cooperates). I also enjoy watching TV and movies.

My most recent hobby is making wire-wrapped trees and some jewelry items. I have an etsy store (Craftree Treasures) and hope others can enjoy the items I’ve made.

 

 

 

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

I think more character driven. I am of the opinion that if people enjoy the characters, they will accept the situations the characters are in. That said, I don’t put much superfluous detail into my books. Most of the events and situations the characters find themselves in help to drive the plot forward.

 

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

AdriLemke KindredI am a discover writer. Planning has never been my strong suit. Also, I always feel like if I don’t know how a certain situation is going to end, then the reader won’t necessarily know either. J

 

 

What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I enjoy writing in first person. I love being able to get in a character’s head and explore how they would react in any situation.

 

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

 

I would love to explore the area. I would bring my horses and ride all over the place. I would bring my computers and journals so I can keep up with my writing. (Can’t tell you how much I’d love that kind of uninterrupted writing time! J)

I would also bring my kindle so I could read in the time I’m not writing or riding around. I think it would be a very relaxing and productive month.

 

Talk about your books individually.

AdriLemke StrikeSo far I have four novels I have self-published. Three of them are part of the same series. The Earthshaker Series starts with Tracker.

Tracker introduces Jason, a street kid with a dangerous secret; he has the power to control the ground. In Tracker, the main ‘big bad’ is Trevor Mason. He is a criminal who discovers Jason’s power, and wants to use it for his own gain.

Kindred is book two and continues Jason’s story. After the events in Tracker, he wants time to recuperate and get back to normal. One person prevents him from doing so; Kindred. Kindred is an assassin who worked with Trevor Mason, and now won’t leave Jason alone.

Hunter is book three. Two years after Kindred, Jason is working as a Private Investigator. He gets involved with a case that hits close to home.

The Earthshaker Series is a paranormal/suspense series, and I have two more books planned: Oblivion (book four) and Earthshaker (book five). As of right now Earthshaker is planned to be the final book in the series, but if more ideas hit, I am definitely willing to stay in Jason’s world a bit longer. J

 

The other book I have out is a Mystery/Thriller: Fear.

Fear is a novel I wrote as my undergraduate research project at Wisconsin Lutheran College. After a couple major revisions and editing, I decided to share it with the world. Fear is written in third person and tells Ryan Parker’s story. Ryan lost his parents as a child, and became a police officer to find their killer. The case is made more difficult by the fact that the killer has been stalking Ryan since the murders.

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

AdriLemke Secret PowerMostly I simply hope they enjoy the story. I enjoyed writing them, and I would love to know that people are liking them.

 

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

I did attempt to go through traditional publishing first. I sent out several query letters, got a couple nibbles and chapter requests, but nothing panned out. After some encouragement from my family, I decided to self-publish.

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

I get to keep all the rights to my books.

 

 

That is a great advantage. What do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

There are a lot of people who won’t spend money on self-published books. So we’re missing out on some potential sales to readers who would most likely enjoy the books, but won’t take a chance.  We also don’t have big-name publishers behind us to help with publicity and to help readers take us seriously.

 

I tend to agree that reader perception of self-published books is a problem for us. With the number of self-published books increasing by such a huge rate, it is really difficult for authors to make their books stand out. How do you go about this?

I use Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, my blog (adrianne-lemke.blogspot.com ) Instagram, and my website (adrilemke.com) to help promote my novels. I have also joined in a couple short story anthologies (Bite-Sized Offerings: Tales and Legends of the Zombie Apocalypse, and When Disasters Strike)

 

Who designed your book cover/s?

I have used two designers so far: David McGlumphy (designed the cover for Fear and the cover for Secret Power– a fantasy coming soon. He also designed the original covers for the first three Earthshaker series books)

Christian Bentulan is doing the redesigns on the Earthshaker series. I have had him re-do the first two covers so far.

 

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

I do. I think self-published authors need to make sure their work is completely edited and as smooth as possible, get the best covers they can, and work with people to help market their work and get it out to the general public.

 

 

 

Do you write specifically for a Christian audience? Why or why not?

I do not. The stories I write are (mostly) clean, but I don’t want to limit my pool of potential readers. Eventually I may write a more Christian novel, but for now I am writing for everyone.

 

 

You and I are kindred spirits on that topic. What are some of the special challenges of being a Christian writer?

I want to make sure I don’t glamorize things that go against my faith. I don’t want to make it sound like I’m okay with things that are not okay with God.

 

 

Christians are told to be “in the world, but not of it.” As a Christian writer, how do you write to conform to that scripture?

I have my characters in situations that test their desire to remain good people. They have to fight desires for revenge, their fear, and other problems in order to stay good.

 

Where do readers find you and your books?

 

 

viewAuthor.at/AdrianneLemke
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getBook.at/earthshakerbookone
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getBook.at/earthshakerbook3
www.facebook.com/earthshakerfans
www.adrilemke.com
https://twitter.com/AdrianneLemke
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751742.Adrianne_Lemke
Thank you for the opportunity!
Adri Lemke

 

Interview with Stewart Bint   3 comments

Stewart Bint 1Today’s interview is with Stewart Bint, whose innovative “bee” theme got my attention on Twitter. As my daughter says, our family are “friends with the bumble”. Welcome to the blog, Stewart. Tell us something about yourself.

I live in Leicestershire in the UK, have been married to Sue for 33 years, and we have two grown up children, Christopher and Charlotte (and a very charismatic budgie called Alfie).

Writing, in one form or another, has always paid my bills. I trained as a journalist and broadcaster, also working as a radio newsreader, presenter and phone-in host for ten years, before becoming a Public Relations writer, which is now my main “day job.” I write case studies for the world’s leading industrial CAD/CAM software developer, and I also have my own personal column in a fortnightly magazine. But I get most enjoyment out of my novels.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

The writing bug infected me when I was just seven years old, thanks to my favourite television show, Doctor Who. The original series, way back in 1963, inspired me when I became enraptured by the storylines which could take place at any time in Earth’s history and future, and absolutely anywhere in the universe and beyond.

Stewart Bint 2I started creating my own worlds and my own characters, writing my stories in little blue notebooks until my parents bought me a portable typewriter for my ninth birthday. And those make-believe worlds became invaluable after my Dad died when I was 11. I retreated more and more into those places where I was in control of my characters’ fate – knowing that whatever happened to them during the story I would make sure they were okay in the end. My worlds were certainly better than the real one at that time.

Having discovered at a very early age that I was hopeless at maths and figures, I quickly realised that unless I could make my living with words I was going to starve.

You and I have some similar childhood experiences, including being math-challenged enough that I realized I’d better be good at writing. So when did you decide to become a novelist?

Throughout my 20s, when I was working as a broadcaster, I set my ambition to become a published novelist by the time I was 30.  Hhmmm, I was only 26 years late for that, as I was 56 when my first book, Malfunction, was published. I had been writing fiction all my life, but never considered it good enough for anyone else to read, so didn’t submit it to publishers until a friend convinced me otherwise.

My original plan was just to offer my work to e-book publishers, as I felt that was the future of the book purchasing market, and four novels, a short story collection, and a compilation of my early magazine columns, appeared in e-format only. Then one of my short stories was published in a paperback anthology, and to see my work in an actual printed book was somewhat magical. I was smitten, and started my search for a print publisher, eventually submitting to Booktrope, based in Seattle. To my delight they offered me a five-year contract. And the thrill of holding my paperback, In Shadows Waiting, was unbelievable.

Tell us about your writing process.

Once the idea starts to take shape I work out where the story is going, and I usually know the ending right at the start of the process. As I write, the scene unfolds before my eyes, rather like a film. Sometimes the journey takes me down uncharted roads, as the characters do their own thing. But I’m always happy to let them. In fact, a fairly minor character in Timeshaft suddenly said something which changed the entire premise that the hero had been working to through his entire life…and that did actually change my planned ending, too.

I love it when characters hijack the plot. It’s so much more authentic feeling.

My first draft is littered with spelling mistakes and typos as I plough on to get the story recorded. Once that’s finished I put it aside for a couple of weeks before beginning the editing process. I suppose I’m somewhat lazy, in that I correct all the literals, etc., and glaring plot holes…but then I submit the manuscript to my publisher, Booktrope, and wait for their editor to explode in a fit of rage! I’m currently working my way through her suggestions for the new edition of Timeshaft. I don’t think any page has escaped her critical eye. But, hey, that’s what an editor’s for – In Shadows Waiting is a much better book thanks to my editor’s work on it, and Timeshaft will be as well.

Stewart Bint In Shadows Waiting Front CoverWhat is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

Paranormal, with sci-fi a very close second, both to read and write.

What are you passionate about?

Apart from my writing – that goes without saying – I support mental health awareness.

This came about after my rise up the corporate Public Relations ladder came to an abrupt halt in 1997 when I suffered a severe mental illness and was sectioned for 28 days under the UK’s mental health act. Recovery was long and painful, but gave me time to take stock of my life and cast off the things I no longer needed. This included abandoning shoes and going barefoot almost all the time…and foregoing corporate success and the stress that come with it – preferring to work as a PR writer instead of PR/Corporate Communications Director.

Another parallel – I used to work in the mental health field as an administrator and what I learned there definitely comes out in my writing. What is something you cannot live without?

This is going to sound awful, but the strict discipline I impose on myself ensures it’s all under full control! A good red wine and fine malt whisky. I’d like to turn the question round and tell you what I wish I could live without. I would be happy to live without a mobile phone and shoes.

I could easily live without a cell phone. A lot of Alaska is still a no-bars zone and I LOVE it. Shoes aren’t terribly optional in Alaska’s winters, but nobody wears them indoors. When you are not writing, what do you do?

Two things. My son makes his living from tennis. He is a professional tennis coach, and plays competitive matches. Whenever I can I love to watch him play. He’s also played at Wimbledon, which makes me incredibly proud. He is also ranked around 8 in the world in the fast developing tennis spin-off game, TouchTennis, and I watch his matches around Europe on the TouchTennis live TV stream, and listen to his commentary on the other games.

Also, I have gone barefoot mostly, for many years (town and country), and belong to a barefoot hiking group, so I can often be found hiking with bare feet on woodland trails.

Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

The ideas can come from anything, and have included a walk in the park, reading an article on the Chernobyl disaster, and even being personally bullied and harassed on Twitter.

Do you have a special place where you write?

I used to work in my office on the front of my house…but it faced North, and, with its wooden floor, was very cold in winter. So, three years ago I moved to a room at the back of the house with views across fields. I’m sure a lot of my inspiration comes from the time I spend sitting staring out of the French Doors across the open countryside.

A good view out your window is an under-appreciated writing aid, I agree. Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

Definitely character driven. I work out the basic plot first, then create the characters who are going to live through it. But every step in the story is determined by the characters and how they react to it. They move the story along. I personally believe that good fiction revolves around the characters.

This is my Alaska question. I’m an Alaskan writer. I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

I’ll bring a range of books by both long-established authors and up-and-coming novelists. The former will include The Voyage Of The Space Beagle by A. E. van Vogt; The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Mr Mercedes, and The Green Mile, both from Stephen King.

The latter will include The Phoenix Project by DM Cain;The Elemental by Lisa Veldkamp; Sibling Rivalry by Robbie Cox; Mr Westacott’s Christmas by Michael J. Elliott; The Devil You Know by Rocky Rochford; and Tales of Blood and Sulphur by JG Clay; and Star Struck by Karen J Mossman.

I’ll also bring half a dozen notebooks and supply of pens to finish writing my current novel and jot down ideas for the next one.

One thing I definitely won’t be bringing, is shoes. I will spend every morning hiking barefoot around five or six miles through the wonderful Alaskan terrain, which will inspire my writing for the afternoon and evening.

You could do barefoot in Alaska in the summer. Talk about your books individually.

My latest, In Shadows Waiting, which has just been published both in paperback and in e-format, by Booktrope, was inspired by my own personal experience of seeing the ghostly apparition that I describe in detail towards the end of the story. Also…although it is not a vampire story, I have always been fascinated by the concept that vampires can only enter a house by invitation. In my story the apparition is outside at first, then makes its way into the house. The third aspect that inspired me, is that my previous home bordered a m massive farmer’s field which had a Second World War bomb crater in it. I wove those three aspects together, and In Shadows Waiting was born.

Thunderlands is a collection of 17 short stories ranging from the sublime to the unforgivably ridiculous. Powerful, puzzling, horrific, ridiculous, different – but almost every one has an underlying moral message.

Following the fortunes of two sets of time travellers, Timeshaft extends my two earlier novellas, Malfunction and Ashday’s Child, linking the two completely stand-alone storylines and extending them into a full-length novel. The Timeshaft is a path through time from pre-history to the end of the world, under the control of environmental protection group WorldSave. WorldSave operatives travel through the Timeshaft preventing environmental disasters, but that’s more of the backstory. The plot focuses on the group’s leading agent, the enigmatic Ashday’s child, an elderly tramp born in another era. But why has he really spent his life flitting through the ages? What is he seeking? Combining Ashday’s Child’s activities and hidden agenda with an accident befalling the very first time journey by the fledgling Time Research And Exploration Project, Timeshaft rocks along to the past and future with paradoxes and twists galore.

My first full-length novel was The Jigsaw And The Fan, a light-hearted ghost story with constant bites of satire. A strike prevents a dead trades unionist taking his place in the afterlife.  He returns to Earth to haunt a stately home, and angry that the wealth owner makes money from visitors, he sets out to frighten them away. A pair of roguish guardian angels oversee the proceedings, but they are more concerned with their own battle of wits raging across eternity than they are with the well-being of their unwitting pawns on Earth.

Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

Only with my collection of short stories, Thunaderlands. I’ll let two reviewers explain more:

“Stewart Bint’s ‘Thunderlands’ is a study of human nature, even if all its characters aren’t, strictly speaking, human. The stories examine themes such as greed, lust, gluttony and plenty of other deadly sins, with a widely differing series of characters and settings. The book truly puts us, which is to say humanity, on trial for our offenses, in some cases literally.”

“Each tale has a higher meaning, a clear moral that is told in a manner that allows the reader to reflect on what the author is saying through their short, well-constructed stories. They cover greed to bullying in ways that provide the opportunity for reflection whilst enjoying the unique stories. The writing style is well constructed, providing an interesting read, the author has clearly put a lot of thought into the work to allow them to have deep rooted meanings without them being overpowering to the story.”

Before you signed with Booktrope, you self-published. What influenced that decision?

I self-published originally with Smashwords and then with Amazon, because I felt e-books were the way forward. In recent years the rise of e-readers such as Kindles and Kobos  has had a significant impact on the book purchasing market. Since 2008 print sales are down 26% while e-books have grown from nothing to £563m.

Then, one of my short stories was published in a paperback anthology, and to see my work in an actual printed book was somewhat magical. I was smitten, and started my search for a traditional publisher.

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishng?

Two things…far greater royalties, and complete control of your book.

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

Definitely the professional touch that a traditional publisher brings to your work. Since being accepted by Booktrope my novel has benefitted from a professional editor, proofreader, cover designer, book manager to pull everything together, and a marketing manager.

And it doesn’t cost the author anything.

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

Yes, but only if they’re prepared to invest in a good cover designer, editor and proofreader, and to undertake all the marketing activities themselves. In other words, to become a professional publisher and accept all that goes with that.

Where can readers find you and your books, Stewart? 

Amazon:   http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadows-Waiting-Stewart-Bint/dp/1620158345/ref=la_B00D18IARS_1_1_bnp_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443036210&sr=1-1

Website:  http://stewartbintauthor.weebly.com/

Blog:  http://stewartbintauthor.weebly.com/stewart-bints-blog

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/authorsjb

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

 

Interview with Pamela Kinney   4 comments

I usually post interviews on Wednesdays because it is a slow day for me in my “real” life, but Pamela asked me to post on Friday and I want to apologize outright for being late. Fridays are busy days at work and we had our first winter storm, so nothing went right for me today. That’s not an excuse!!!! The delay is completely my fault. I have procedures I failed to follow. Lela

Pamela Kinney authorThis week’s interview is with Pamela Kinney, paranormal author. Welcome to the blog, Pamela. Tell us something about yourself.

I am from Virginia and right now, writing is my job. Of course, I am married and my husband is the big breadwinner, working for Chesterfield County Utilities. Bill and I have been married for 38 years. We have one son, Chris, who turned 37 this past May. And we are both owned by a black cat named Shade. She turned 2 years old this past September 7th, making her and I both Virgos (my birthday was September 11th).

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was eight. I wrote my first stories at that age. Mainly animal ones and one science fiction one inspired by a dream.

Tell us about your writing process.

I get up in the morning, have breakfast, and watch CBS This Morning, then I do promo on social media, and around noon I write until the husband gets home from work. Though when a book is due, I have written to finish it (and edit) on weekends and at night, like I did for Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area.

Paranormal Petersburg Book CoverDo you have a special place where you write?

I tried bookstore cafés and hotel rooms during a convention, but the best for me is home.  Though I once wrote at my library, which I consider second best as it is quiet and there were no distractions.

When you are not writing, what do you do?

I read. I exercise. I’ve done acting in films and TV shows. Latest, I was an extra for a trailer for Coney Island TV show based off Phantom of the Opera. I spend time with my husband and we do things or travel to places. And I am a costumer, meaning I makes and wear costumes. I’ve done that since 1972, though not as much since I write a lot these days. I even like to take time to play with my cat, Shade.

What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

Horror and dark fantasy. Though I enjoy writing the nonfiction ghost books, as I learn from them a much as the readers do, whether ghosts, legend, or even bits of history. I also enjoy reading and writing paranormal romance (I write under the pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan for PNR.). I’ve written some science fiction, but not as much, though I do read it, too.

What are you passionate about?

Life. Isn’t that what everyone should be passionate about?

Pamela Ghost Dog at Edgewood Plantation Bed and Breakfast New  Years Eve 2011What inspired you to turn to writing nonfiction from fiction?

My published author friend of science fiction and fantasy, Dinah Roseberry, had gotten a job as editor of the ghost books division at Schiffer Publishing/ . She posted on the forum of Mid-Atlantic Horror Professionals if any horror writers wanted to write ‘real’ ghost books, and not fictional ones. So I looked up how to do a book proposal, wrote one for Haunted Richmond, Virginia, edited it, and sent it off. It was accepted, I wrote the book,  and here I am.

Tell the readers the names of the first four nonfiction ghost books and where they can get them.

Haunted Richmond, Virginia, Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales, Virginia’s Haunted Historic Triangle: Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, & Other Haunted Locations, and Haunted Richmond II. Like the new one, they can be found at Schiffer Publishing/’s webstore, Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com and in their brick and mortar stores (they can be ordered from the bookstores too), Books A Million, and any indie bookstore and online dealers.

Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes, I do. I’ve had experiences that left me in no doubt.

Tell us about paranormal investigating and why you use that in your ghost books.

I did not use any investigating equipment for the first book, except maybe my camera. Ag=fter the first book released I joined a local paranormal group and bought a digital recorder and jumped feet first into paranormal investigating. From there, I bought other equipment and used them when I did the other books. This last one, I used a lot of my ghost box. A ghost box is used to contact spirits through the use of radio frequency devices or so called boxes as a medium for direct communication.  Since I film Paranormal World Seekers, you can see me using it along with other equipment at Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, at a ghost tour I did with congoers from first year Marscon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URSIO9hhZTI

Besides those captured in photos in Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area, where else have you gotten pictures of ghosts?

One time, on New Year’s Eve, I got a ghost dog in one of the photos I taken outside behind Edgewood Plantation Bed and  Breakfast in Charles City, Virginia we were doing an investigation at.

Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area blurb:

Travel to Petersburg, Virginia, and the surrounding areas of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Prince George, Dinwiddie, and nearby Ettrick-Matoaca, Enon, and Chester to discover what spirits, monsters, UFOs, and legends await the unwary. Why are the Union and Confederate spirits still fighting the Civil War in the battlefields? Who is the lady in blue who haunts Weston Plantation House? Learn what the phantoms at Peter Jones Trading Post will do to keep from being photographed. Drink tea with runaway slaves still hiding on the top floor above the Blue Willow Tea Room. Are Edgar Allan Poe and his bride still on their honeymoon at Hiram Haines Coffee and Ale House? Why does the Goatman stalk young lovers? Meet the ghosts of Violet Bank Museum that greet guests at the house. Hauntingly active as they share space with the living, the dead refuse to give up their undead residency.

Pamela K. Kinney’s Bio:

Besides her nonfiction ghost books, Pamela K. Kinney has written fiction that enables her readers to journey to worlds of fantasy, go beyond the stars, and dive into the vortex of terror. One of her horror short fiction, “Bottled Spirits,” proved to be heart-stopping enough to be runner up for 2013 WSFA Small Press Award.

Writing under the pseudonym Sapphire Phelan, she also writes bestselling paranormal romance with dark heroes and heroines with bite!

She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house, husband, and even the cat, sometimes suffer for it!

Find out more about Pamela K. Kinney at http://www.PamelaKKinney.com and about Sapphire Phelan at http://www.SapphirePhelan.com.

Buy Links:

Schiffer Publishing

Amazon

Plus available at BarnesandNoble.com and Books a Million..

Leave a comment on Lela Markham’s blog, with your name and email, to be entered in the whole blog tour’s giveaway; which would be a signed copy of Pamela K. Kinney’s new release, ParanormalPetersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area that will be sent to the winner.  The winner will be drawn after the last blog stop on October 5th. The email will enable me to contact the winner, so do leave your name and email.

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