Hi Tanya. Welcome to the blog. First up, what kind of books do you write? Mystery, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, and horror are the main genres in which I write. I’ve just recently written my first drama entitled ‘10 Minutes before Sleeping’, but it can also fit comfortably in the romance and thriller categories. Tell us a bit about yourself. I have been writing since I was a child and published my first book back in 1993 titled ‘A Killing Rage’, published by Carlton Press in New York. I’ve worked as a banker for several years, a proof-reader/editor, and ventured into a number of small businesses before returning to my first love of writing. I am also a ghost-writer and have been privileged to pen the stories of several influential clients who had amazing stories to tell. When I take these jobs on, I am often inspired by the life the client is so gracious to share with the world and I learn something new about life in general by reading and writing about the … [Read more...]
Interview: Thomas D. Taylor, Sci fi, Horror and Lit Fic Author.
Hi Thomas. Thanks for joining us today. First up, what kind of books do you write? I write horror, science fiction, “literary fiction”, and nonfiction. Great. Tell us a bit about yourself. I am a quiet recluse, living with my wife and a cat, out in the country. There's a mountain view through my office window, and I can watch horses graze in the pasture close by. Why do you write? I write to convey my ideas to other people, and to entertain them, but mostly I am writing to entertain myself. I love what I do for a living, and I will in all probability continue writing to my dying day. How long have you been writing, and when was your first book published? I've been writing since before kindergarten. I published my first short stories in 1991, and self-published my first book in 2012. Tell me about your latest book. “Spectral Septet: Seven Spine Chilling Compositions” is the latest horror book in a series of them. Readers will find in it six short stories and … [Read more...]
Violence and Ambiguity in AIA book Talion by Mary Maddox & a free ebook.
Guest post by Mary Maddox for the Awesome Indies Discovery Tour I was flattered when reviewer Dan Hagen described Talion as “The Silence of the Lambsmeets The Turn of the Screw.” Of course Thomas Harris’ famous thriller is quite different from Henry James’ classic ghost story, but my novel owes a debt to both. Talion explores the twisted mind of a serial killer and leaves readers uncertain whether the protagonist sees spirits or only imagines them. Ironically, these two distinctive features of the story have caused the most complaints from readers. Some are repulsed by the graphic violence and darkness of Rad Sander’s sadism. “It made my skin crawl,” one reader said. Another reader commented that Talion ought to be classified as a horror story rather than a thriller. I took her advice and began marketing the novel as horror fiction, the niche where it seems to fit better than anywhere else. And I added a warning to the book description. In The Turn of the Screw the narrator … [Read more...]