Brian Paone

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Author Takeover: William Thatch and his "A Haunting of Words" story

Today author William Thatch takes over my page with a discussion about his short story, "A Wacky, Fantastical Misadventure in New Haven," appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, "Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys"):

“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

Author Takeover: C.H. Knyght and her "A Haunting of Words" story

Today author C.H. Knyght takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, "The Last," appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, "Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys"):

"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 you 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 bookworm 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
Www.twitter.com/chknyght

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at: www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

 

Author Interview: Jill Turner and her "A Haunting of Words" story

Today author Jill Turner takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, "Joe," appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, "Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys"):

"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/

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at: www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

 

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