Brian Paone

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Author Interview: Suanne Kim and her "A Haunting of Words" story

Today author Suanne Kim takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, "Objects in Motion," 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"):

Blurb: The last fours years have been difficult for Miles. In a stroke of luck, he finds love under the most unlikely circumstances--while rescuing strangers in a subway station. Mattie is everything he's ever wanted: witty, beautiful, intelligent. Or is she? 

What inspired you to write this story? I had no intention of submitting. I was engrossed working on my novel, "Prism." But the sheer challenge of writing about a haunting called to me. And I liked the supportive comradery of the Fiction Writing group so I decided to throw my hat into the ring last minute. 

How long have you been writing? Like most writers, forever. 

What genres do you most associate with in your writing? I write mostly poetry, lit fic, women's lit, crime fic and romance. But like my many of my main characters, I enjoy a challenge so I don't limit myself to genres or styles. I'm always up for trying new things. 

What are you working on right now? I'm working on a novel called "Prism" about a woman who wakes up in a hospital and has no memory of being viciously attacked along with her boyfriend. The man who calls 911 for help disappears and the detective tries to piece together the mystery surrounding the event. Is the caller the culprit, accomplice, witness or another victim? I'm also working on a short story about a Korean woman--a former thief and assassin--who's out for revenge. 

What else do you have available/published? I've had poems published with Newtown Literary and Nomad's Choir. 

What advice do you give to new writers? Hone your craft, keep reading, and develop a thick skin when asking for critiques. All are lifelong endeavors. 

List links where people can find your work.

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

10 updates on my upcoming novel, "Moonlight City Drive":

So where are we with my upcoming 4th novel, "Moonlight City Drive"?

1. Release date has been set for November 3
2. Book's release party is a two-day event at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland on Nov 3 & 4. The release party will be part of a music series happening that weekend, which features bands Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, El-Creepo!, and Chuck Mosley (from Faith No More.) Tickets for both days are on sale now!
3. The novel is currently with my editor and magic maker, Denise Barker. I'm hoping to have it back before Aug 28.
4. The front and back cover artwork has been finalized and approved. Artist Kyle Lechner did an amazing job on both pieces of artwork.
5. The interior chapter graphics have all been finished and approved. Amy Hunter outdid herself with the 18 images she was tasked to create.
6. Photoshoot has been confirmed for my author photo for the back of the book in New Bern, NC at the Palace Motel by photographer Elisabeth Adams late in August.
7. The novel will be released with limited edition swag: coffee mugs, 2018 calendar, possibly shot glasses, and a super secret piece of merchandise that will only be available during the 2 days in Cleveland.
8. Manuel Dadee, from the band Gargamel, has been tapped to record the narration for the audiobook release of the novel.
9. Interior formatter, Robin Krauss, has already created the template for the book's layout and designed a custom section break divider, just for this novel.
10. Next, I will be looking for a director to help put together the official book trailer.

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