Showing posts from July, 2012


PATHS TO PUBLICATION I flirted with writing off and on for 23 years before getting serious and marrying it back in 2004. At that time the general advice on getting professionally published as a novelist was to sell a slew of short stories to build a list of credentials and then solicit agents who would in turn sell your novel to a publisher. But the rules are changing as technology races to outdo itself and publishers clamp down on the number of books they buy as brick and mortar stores consolidate and go out of business during these tumultuous economic times. So, what’s a writer who has racked up that list of short fiction sales to do when the agents and publishers aren’t biting? ePublish. After reading about the success of indie authors such as Amanda Hocking, I figured it was time to test the waters of ePublishing with two short story collections. World Weaver Press, a brand new small press, released Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories in March and I launched Fried Zombie Dee-ligh


HEIDI'S PICK SIX Ennis Drake 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I've drawn my whole life; I was determined, pretty much from the time I could hold a pencil to paper, that I was going to become the next Steve Ditko, and then the next Frank Miller, Todd McFarlane, etc..., but I could never make my art meet my standard. I think I was twenty-five, or so, when I hung up that hat and focused on my writing. I still haven't quite given up the dream of comics, though; I scripted a graphic novel a couple of years ago (a sequel to Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space") that I've, more or less, been sitting on since I pitched it to BOOM! comics. I have so much going on right now that I probably won't get back to it till next year, but I fully intend to make it happen. 5. Who are you reading right now? S.P. Miskowski, David Nickle, and Machen. 6.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Bryan Thomas Schmidt

HEIDI'S PICK SIX Bryan Thomas Schmidt 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Pick a child? Ha! I’m not done with them yet. It wouldn’t be wise to show bias. Although, to the degree that each of them possesses some aspect of myself, they all have moments in the favored spotlight, you might say. But don’t tell them that. I tell them each that he or she is my favorite. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I am a composer, arranger and performer of music. I play guitar, banjo, percussion, keyboards and sing. I also have a recording studio and have made 3 CDs of original music. I had one national and several local singles in the 90s. I am an editor and copyeditor for independent/small presses and authors as well. 5. Who are you reading right now? Sam Sykes, S.B. Knight, and Timothy Zahn. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to w


HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jonas Hyde 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorite character is definitely Alistair Helling from a little known, ongoing series I write The Days and Nights of Sir Alistair Helling. It has been compared to Sherlock Holmes, but with a more poetic voice. The character is so rich and deep, he is great to work with. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? Well, first off let me say it is very kind of you to assume I can write! Sometimes when the blocks hit, I wonder. *smiles* - I am quite the cook and one heck of a grill master. Very relaxing during the process, and always ends with great results! 5. Who are you reading right now? Poe is never far from my hands. I read something of his daily. I also find myself rereading Robert Greene a lot. As for new material, a friend of mine suggested I read Robert James Russell’s Sea of Trees, so am very excited to start that next. 6.

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: The Third Scroll by Dana Marton

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS THE THIRD SCROLL AUTHOR: DANA MARTON DESCRIPTION: A maiden healer sold to barbarians. A world of savage warlords and cruel concubines. When ancient powers collide, can the slave save the realm and the high lord's heart? Sold into slavery, Tera, a budding healer, is thrust into the savage realm of barbarian warlords, the same realm which claimed her mother years ago. She must avoid the displeasure of her warrior lord and survive the cruelties of the concubines, even as war threatens on the horizon. Yet a greater danger looms when she catches the eye of the most powerful lord of the land and he takes her for his Pleasure Hall. Tera struggles to escape, while searching for the secret behind her mother’s death. But what she discovers challenges everything she believes in. A path set long ago beckons. A path that could lead to triumph, or the destruction of her world. CHARACTERS: Jason Momoa as Batumar (Warlord, the High Lord of the Kadar)