Women in Horror Month – K.T. Rose

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BIO:

K.T. Rose is a horror, thriller, and dark fiction writer from Detroit, Michigan. She posts suspense and horror flash fiction on her blog at kyrobooks.com and is the author of a gruesome, suspenseful short story series titled A Trinity of Wicked Tales and an erotic thriller novel titled When We Swing–An Erotic Thriller.


AUTHOR Q&A:

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

KTR: I’ve wanted to write since college. I did technical writing for a while but after starting my career, I got back into reading fiction. Lots of it. Then I took a crack at writing and haven’t stopped since then.

  1. How long does it take to write your book(s)?

KTR: Good question. Anywhere from a month to a year. It depends.

  1. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

KTR: I work from 3 am to 1130 am. I come home and write until 3 pm or sometimes until I go to bed around 7 pm. On the weekends, I write on my daytime work schedule. It’s hard.

  1. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?

KTR: They come to me in ‘what ifs’, dreams or my mom calls me and we sling ideas around.

  1. When did you write your first book?

KTR: Back in 2016, I started writing short stories. Those turned into longer works. I have one novel out and a novella on pre-order.

  1. What do you do when you’re not writing?

KTR: Beating myself up for NOT writing and adulting.

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

KTR: They’re proud. They love the fact that I go for what I want.

  1. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?

KTR: That it’s insanely hard and time consuming. But it’s a beautiful thing. I’ve learned alot about appreciating the differences between people. I’ve also grown to understand why people do the things they do (character development).

  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

KTR: I’ve written four books and am currently working on a fifth. I think Netted is my favorite. It pays around with being kidnapped by a darknet cult. So fun. I’m working on book two now.

  1. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?

KTR: Start. Just start. Take constructive criticism. It’s good for you. Grow. Always look for a chance to to improve your style. But you can never grow or be criticized if you never finish that first manuscript.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

KTR: Real people, a fine plot structure, and twists. I love it when I can’t see what’s coming and how the characters deal with it.

  1. As a child, What did you want to do when you grew up?

KTR: A medical examiner. But based on the job market, I decided to skip medical school when I was an undergrad.


LINKS:

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kyrobooks

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kyrobooks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyrobooks/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/K.-T.-Rose/e/B01N4T91M2/

Website: https://kyrobooks.com/

 

Published Works:*

*Netted is available for pre-order on Amazon (Book available February 22nd, 2019)

Pre-order Netted

 

Women in Horror Month – J.Q. Davis

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BIO:

J.Q. Davis is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She and her husband have no human children, but their doggie daughters definitely make up for it. She has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare. The medical world interests her, but writing has always been her true passion. Her other interests include spending time with her incredibly geeky husband, exercising, listening to indie music, watching anything even remotely related to horror, and reading young adult fiction. She is also a video gamer and secretly watches ballet videos on her free time.
She is currently working on a paranormal/fantasy novel that will be released this year.

AUTHOR Q&A:

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

JQD: I started writing at a pretty early age. In elementary school, I entered a couple of Young Author’s contests. I still have those stories somewhere, one of which was about a girl in a castle. I recently learned that Anne Rice was a presenter of awards at one of those contests. Of course, I had no idea who she was at the time, but it’s still pretty cool!

 2. How long does it take to write your book(s)?

JQD: For each one of my books, it took about one year. I don’t generally write every single day. I know I should, but my creativity just doesn’t work that way. I can’t force it.

3. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

JQD: There really isn’t a schedule. I just write when I write.

4. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?

JQD: In college, I wrote a ton of research papers. It was like, every week, a paper was due. So, researching is something I feel very comfortable doing. I also like to mix fact with fiction. For example, one of my books takes place on an island around Costa Rica. This island is real, the description on how to reach the island is real, but what is on that island is completely made up. For the zombie aspect of my books, I researched medically-involved information, as well as info on cannibalism. 

5. When did you write your first book?

JQD: My first book was released on June 10, 2014, which is my birthday!

6. What do you do when you’re not writing?

JQD: When I’m not writing, I do all kinds of things. I don’t have kids and most of my time is spent with my husband so, we just like to do whatever. Play video games, shop, travel, take naps, hang out with our dogs…pretty much whatever.

7. What does your family think of your writing?

JQD: It’s funny, most of my family hasn’t even read my books. I’m truly the only book nerd. And if they aren’t into reading, they aren’t into horror. My mother-in-law couldn’t finish the first book in the series because it was “too scary and gory”. This makes me laugh. It also makes me very, very happy. *grins mischievously*

8. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?

JQD: That it’s so hard. Writing a full-length book is not an easy feat. The most challenging part, in my opinion, is keeping track of what you’ve written already. You are working with 60+ words, multiple characters, different places, and it all has to make sense and fit together. It’s rough.

9. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

JQD: I have written three books, a series. I think my favorite in the series was the second book. I felt that my writing had gotten a bit more serious and I could tell how much I had grown as a writer, and even as a horror writer. The story itself had become darker and more complex. However, the book that I’m currently writing will surpass that one. It’s already my favorite and I’m not done with the first draft!  

10. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?

JQD: The hardest part about writing a book is getting started! Those first few sentences of the first chapter of that first book, or any book, are the hardest to get down on paper. But once you get past that part, the words just flow from there.

11. What do you think makes a good story?

JQD: Life experiences. Yes, artists have an imaginative nature. We have the ability to create things out of nothing. But I think when you add your own life experiences into that, it could really make for some interesting stuff. When I’m reading a book, I often wonder what’s real to the author and what’s made up.     

12. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

JQD: I wanted to be a teacher for a little while. But I recently found a video of myself when I was thirteen years old talking into the camera about how I was going to attend college and write a book. It’s nice to know that I’d actually achieved my dreams!   


LINKS:

Twitter Handle:

@JoJoQD

Instagram:

@authorj.q.davis

Website:

http://jqdavis.com/

Amazon Link:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DADMWYA/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

Published Works*: turninggraceescapinggracefindinggrace

*Turning Grace and Escaping Grace are E-book Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror medal winners of the New Apple Book Rewards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Women in Horror Month – Angel M.B. Chadwick

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BIO:

Hi, my name’s Angel M.B. Chadwick. I’m a mom, published author, publisher, blogger and world traveler.


AUTHOR Q&A:

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

AMBC: When I was thirteen years old and I wrote a short story for my middle school English assignment. My English teacher Ms. Wilson saw my potential and was so impressed with my writing that she bragged on me in class, which made a shy student like me feel good that I was good at something and I got an A+.  I owe it all to Ms. Wilson. Thanks, Ms. Wilson I am a published author because of your belief in me.

  1. How long does it take to write your book(s)?

AMBC: Not long at all to start, but six years or more to finish for publication.

  1. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

AMBC: I write every day or every chance I get. The muse is always working even in my sleep. There’s no schedule.

  1. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?

AMBC: My own life experiences.

     5. When did you write your first book?

AMBC: I wrote many books of all genres starting in my early teens, but the first one I could count as officially published was in 2014, a poetry memoir about my life from teen to adulthood, titled “Corridors of My Mind,” which I started writing in my teens and took me twenty years to write, finish for publication.

  1. What do you do when you’re not writing?

AMBC: I spend time with my eleven year old son who is autistic.

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

AMBC: My family is very supportive.

  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

AMBC: I have written 1,051 books and counting.  Two published on Amazon and thirteen on Wattpad. They’re all my favorite. My latest is on Wattpad, titled, Traveling Salesman: Astronomgonist. It has won six awards so far. Bookworm Awards-Second Place-Science Fiction 2018, Best Female Author-Majestic Awards 2018, Creative Minds Winner-Second Place-Science Fiction 2018, The Belle Amé Awards-Second Place-Science Fiction 2018, Winner of Round 3-Above & Beyond: A Monthly Challenge 2018, The Writers Awards 2018-2019-Third Place-Science Fiction.

  1. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?

AMBC: Just take a leap of faith and do it. Keep writing. Keep going even when you don’t want to.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

AMBC: Plot, Story, Compelling, unique, diverse characters, descriptive, great dialogue and character interactions,  several twists and turns, relatable, something that makes you think, leaves you wanting more and never lets go.

  1. As a child, What did you want to do when you grew up?

AMBC: To be an artist. I used to be a sketch artist and a paper artist (I made houses out of paper). I started at the age of ten. Can’t sketch or do paper houses anymore.  Now I get to do that with my writing. Those talents are still there in my descriptive writing.


LINKS:

Angel M.B. Chadwick on Wattpad:  https://www.wattpad.com/story/150027604-traveling-salesman-astronomgonist

Angel M.B. Chadwick’s Goodreads Author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9476119.Angel_M_B_Chadwick

Angel M.B. Chadwick’s Goodreads Blog:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9476119.Angel_M_B_Chadwick/blog

Angel M.B. Chadwick’s Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/angel.chadwick.10

Angel M.B. Chadwick’s Amazon Author & Bio Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Mrs.-Angel-M.B.-Chadwick/e/B00O4KZI8Q/

 

Some Published Works: corridorsofmymindbookcover2018-presentweepingwellbookcover2018-present

Women in Horror Month – Sara Tantlinger

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BIO: 

Sara Tantlinger resides outside of Pittsburgh on a hill in the woods. Her dark poetry collections Love for Slaughter and The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes are published with Strangehouse books. She is a poetry editor for the Oddville Press, a graduate of Seton Hill’s MFA program, a member of the SFPA, and an active member of the HWA. She embraces all things strange and can be found lurking in graveyards or on Twitter @SaraJane524 and at saratantlinger.com

 

Sara’s poetry, flash fiction, and short stories can be found in several magazines and anthologies, including the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. II and V, the Horror Zine, Unnerving, Abyss & Apex, the 2018 Rhysling Anthology, 100 Word Horrors, and the Sunlight Press. Currently, Sara is editing Not All Monsters, an anthology that will be comprised entirely of women who write speculative fiction. The anthology is set for a 2020 release with StrangeHouse Books.


AUTHOR Q&A:

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

ST: I had always enjoyed writing some angsty poetry since middle school, but I never seriously thought about being a writer until halfway through my undergraduate studies. Instead of pursuing secondary education, I decided to major in English literature and creative writing. I fell madly in love and never looked back. Pursuing my MFA through Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction program was a huge stepping stone, too. I learned so much about writing and the industry, and even more importantly, I made lifelong friends who constantly inspire me with their own work.

  1. How long does it take to write your book(s)?

ST: Poetry tends to come much more organically to me. I can draft it much quicker than prose, but I like to step away from poetry projects for a while, print everything out, and then heavily edit and revise on paper – a process I end up repeating many times because I am constantly looking for anything I can make better until deadlines, but I’ve been able to finish my poetry collections in a few months rather than a few years like my thesis novel for graduate school.

Prose and I have struggled over the years, but it is slowly becoming a smoother journey! I am really looking forward to concentrating on more prose projects this year.

  1. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

ST: I’m an adjunct instructor and freelance editor, so my schedule is always insane and busy. Sometimes I am lucky enough to be consumed by a project that I somehow always find a way to make time for (like with The Devil’s Dreamland), but sometimes I really have to wait until work calms down to get into a better mindset to write. There’s a lot of stress involved but writing a project I’m in love with helps negate some of that stress.

  1. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?

ST: My most recent book, The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes was inspired by two main things. The first was watching the documentary on Netflix about Holmes. I knew right away after writing Love For Slaughter that Holmes would somehow be my next project when I had the time. The second event that really helped my motivation to write this book was a Valentine’s Day trip with friends to the ScareHouse in Pittsburgh, PA a couple years ago (I think 2016). The ScareHouse Basement did a H.H. Holmes theme and it was amazing! The actors can touch you (I got mildly electrocuted, locked in a safe, and tied up with chains!) so you have to sign a waiver before going into the basement. The actor who played Holmes was fantastic, and the whole thing was really a unique experience.

  1. When did you write your first book?

ST: I wrote Love For Slaughter, my debut poetry collection, while I was working on my MFA. The program requirement is to write a thesis novel in your chosen genre, and I needed an escape from the prose from time to time. So, I slowly put the collection together in 2015 and sold it the following year before I graduated! I finished my thesis novel in late 2016, too, and am hoping to finish up some edits on it (revisions are never done, it seems) and get it out into the world.

  1. What do you do when you’re not writing?

ST: I feel like I’m always writing, but so much of the time it is for work and not myself. In the precious moments I can escape the computer screen, I can usually be found reading with a hot cup of tea and my cat on my lap. When the weather is nice, my sister and I like to plan road trips and concerts trips to explore new places and catch our favorite bands. Last summer we hit up Hershey Park, the Kinzua Bridge, and the I Love Lucy Museum in New York. So much fun! I love traveling whenever I get the opportunity to do so.

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

ST: My family is amazing and so supportive, even if they think my muses are a little creepy sometimes. Either way, they are always proud of my accomplishments, which make any little success feel like a big success to me.

  1. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?

ST: That’s a great question. I feel like anytime I write, I learn more about writing in general because I try to challenge myself to do something different with each project and story. I never want to become a one-trick pony with my writing, so it can be surprising what you come up with when you really push to defy genre or trope boundaries.

  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

ST: Even though I only have two poetry collections published so far, I actually have a novel, a novella, and a more literary/personal poetry collection written and floating in market space. We’ll see what happens!

I think The Devil’s Dreamland is my favorite because it was such an intense and different project to work on. I loved doing the research and trying to get into Holmes’ head. I have also really enjoyed how people who aren’t normally huge poetry fans have told me they enjoyed this collection. That’s a huge compliment.

  1. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?

ST: Read as much as you can! Definitely read in your genre so you know what is going on, but reading in other genres is important, too. I’m a big believer that each genre has something unique to offer that can sharpen a writer’s skills. Also, having beta readers you can exchange work with will be such an invaluable tool for as long as you write.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

ST: I like seeing new twists on classic tropes or stereotypes. Sometimes when you write in one genre, it can be really hard to avoid clichés and tropes, so when a writer can take familiar devices and do something strange or unique with it, that can lead to a really exceptional story. Otherwise, I am personally drawn to beautiful, poetic prose, especially when it is describing something that is actually horrifying at its core.

  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

ST: I’ve always been pretty obsessed with music from all genres, so when I was young I thought it would be really cool to be a DJ – That dream has long vanished, but I still have a super eclectic taste in music and have about 13,000 songs on my iTunes!


LINKS:

The Devil’s Dreamland: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946335274

Love For Slaughter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946335037

 

Published Works: LFSHolmes jacket

Women in Horror Month – Regina Puckett

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BIO:

Regina Puckett lives in Tennessee writing sweet romances, horror, inspirational, steampunk, picture books and poetry. Sometimes all of these genres find themselves in the same book.


AUTHOR Q&A:

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: I knew in the seventh grade I wanted to become an author. I had just finished reading Gone with the Wind and it made me want to write something just as touching. I thought it had to be the wonderful thing in the world to be able to make other people feel as if they had been transported to another place and time.

  1. How long does it take to write your book(s)?

A: It just depends.  Some books come to me in a flash and I can’t wait to put it all down on paper.  Other stories come to me as I’m writing them and I’m just as surprised as everyone else by how the story ends.  The ones that come in a flash are my best works.

  1. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

A: I don’t have one.  I work full time for a local university so I have to fit in my writing whenever I can find a free moment. I usually write at night and during my lunch hour.

  1. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?

A: I never know where my next idea is going to come from.  They usually come from the most surprising places.  My first book, Concealed in My Heart, came from a dream. One of my short horror stories, Paying the Hitchhiker, came on a trip to Florida as we drove pass a hitchhiker. Ideas just pop in and they refuse to leave until I make up a story to put them in. 

  1. When did you write your first book?

A: I have been writing short stories since the seventh grade, but it wasn’t until my daughters were born and I became a stayed at home mom that I finally sat down and wrote a full length novel.  My three books will forever be locked away in the deepest, darkest hole to never been seen again. They are so awful that even I can’t read them.

  1. What do you do when you’re not writing?

A: Every year I try find a couple of months at the end to read. I love a good mystery.

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

A: I’m the first to admit that living with a writer is tough.  We never listen and we’re always talking about people that don’t really exist. I’m very lucky though. My husband and daughters are supportive. They are my very own real-life spell checkers.  I have no idea why they put up with my eccentric ways but I guess they’re used to me by now.

  1. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?

A: How hard writing really is.  Some days it feels as if I’m building a house brick by brick.  It’s a process that can’t be rushed.

  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

A: I have no idea how many books I’ve written. I write in several different genres and in each genre, I have a favorite.  Here are on a few – contemporary romance – Concealed in My Heart. Children’s – Borrowed Wings, Steampunk – I Will Breathe, Historical romance – I Close My Eyes, Horror- Mine.

  1. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?

A: Just write and never give up.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

A: You have to have characters the reader will be able to relate to and a story that grabs their attention and never lets it go.

  1. As a child, What did you want to do when you grew up?

A: I wanted to be a writer or a ballerina. The truth is that I never thought I could be either one.


LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/regina.puckett1
Website: http://reginapuckettsbooks.weebly.com/index.html
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/154116.Regina_Puckett
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReginaPucket

 

Some Published Works: iwillbreathe1whenonedoorclosescover1theskymonstergrumblescover28429