Sunday, May 26, 2013

THE MADHOUSE ACCEPTS [BALES]-- BUT ONLY FOR THE TRULY INSANE.

PATIENT: ERIN BALES
ILLNESS: WRITER

When did you start writing? Why did you pick the genre you write it?

I’ve written for as long as I can remember, but I started writing seriously only recently. In my mind, writing was always a fallback, something I imagined I would be good at if I ever tried. It was my secret ambition -- the one that I was afraid to try at because what if I failed? But I eventually realized that not trying to live my dream was basically the same as not having a dream at all, and that’s when I applied to the MFA program at Seton Hill.

As for my genre, I write speculative fiction because I love chasing the what-if. I like taking the real world and turning it on its ear to see what it looks like from a different perspective. I gravitate toward epic fantasy because I love big stories, massive tales that span continents, where the fate of the world (or at least the fate of those living in it) is at stake.

Also, magic is cool.

Where you get your ideas from? Do you journal at all?

I don’t journal. I’ve tried to, but never had much luck with it. I’m not sure where my ideas come from. Sometimes my story ideas start with a character or a scene. Other times they begin with a concept.

What’s a normal (writing) day like for you?


I’m slow to wake, so I like to write first thing in the morning, before my inner critic has a chance to pipe up. I get a cup of espresso, put a sign up on my door to warn the family, stick my ear buds in, and go to town. I’ve found giving myself a weekly goal is best, as that gives me a little leeway on any given day. At least it does until the end of the week.

Favorite author or book? Who are you currently reading?

I tend to get very attached to authors – some of the ones I’m particularly attached to are Brandon Sanderson, Tamora Pierce, George R.R. Martin, Sharon Shinn, Octavia Butler, Scott Westerfeld, Scott Lynch, and Stephen King. Favorite books are more difficult, especially since a lot of my favorites write series, and while some series titles can function well as standalones, my love of them has much to do with the series of which they are a part.

As for what I’m currently reading, I’m making my way through Angie Sage’s now complete Septimus Heap series. I’m on book six of seven, Darke. The world is a lot of fun and there is a wide range of great characters. The series reminds me of the first four Harry Potter books (the end of Goblet of Fire being the point when Rowling took the series from middle grade to YA.)

Do you prefer writing poetry or prose? Why one over the other?

I’m a prose girl. I’ve never spent enough time writing poetry to evolve past the terrible, adolescent-angst phase. Plus, I’m an epic fantasy writer, so I tend to think of stories and ideas on a fairly grand scale. I suppose I could try my hand at something like Beowulf . . .

Do you write in silence or with noise (TV, movies, music)?


I usually can’t write to anything with words, so I listen to instrumental music, soundtracks mostly. Sometimes I can revise to stuff with lyrics – when I do that, I tend to create playlists that reflect the mood of the scene I’m working on. I also have playlists for characters that I listen to in the shower. So many brilliant ideas come in the shower . . .

Do you have any weird habits when it comes to writing? Do you type or write longhand?

I type all of my prose, but most of my notes are handwritten. I do need my music, and I have a specific mug that I prefer to use. I think that’s about it.

Would you consider yourself a Plotter or a Pancer?


Neither. That is to say, I’m kind of a pancer, but I prefer a different term. George R. R. Martin discusses architects and gardeners. Architects plan out a structure completely before they start building; whereas gardeners plant seeds and see how they grow. Most of the time a gardener knows what they’re planting, so there is some planning involved, but the mystery is in how that seed will grow and what the plant will eventually look like. So I prefer gardener to pancer because I’m not so much flying by the seats of my pants as I am finding seeds, planting them, and tending them as they grow.

What do you think is the hardest aspect of the craft?


The discipline needed -- in particular, the discipline needed to get through to “The End.” The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and this includes unfinished manuscripts. Until a novel is finished that’s all it is, a good intention. A vague hope. An unlived dream.
 
Current projects?


My thesis novel, which is about a city-state that has lived in peace for many years. But when the heir to the throne dies in what seems like a horrible accident, the ripples spread out to every corner of the continent.

I’m still working on my elevator pitch, but that’s the basic idea. I know a lot of people can work on more than one project at a time, but I’ve never been very good at that. I have some other ideas, but they’re mostly just stacks of notes at this point.

How do you balance being an editor and being a writer?

This is still something I’m figuring out because I tend to get very focused on one project at a time. I try to start with writing and move on to editing, but if I’m feeling too divided, then I’ll try to get one out of the way before moving to the other. With writing, this usually means taking a day or two to finish a chapter. With editing, it’s finishing a pass on a manuscript. This isn’t ideal, but so far it’s the best I’ve got.

What do you think people expect from you with your writing?


Well, I don’t think anyone expects anything yet, but hopefully they will come to expect large and well-drawn worlds, lots of complicated and engaging characters, strong female protagonists, and fantastical elements (they seem to even sneak into my SF).


Advice for aspiring writers?


1) Read. If you don’t enjoy reading, then you’re probably barking up the wrong tree.

2) Write. Write as much as you can, as often as you can.

3) Finish what you start.

Bio: I write. I read. I edit professionally. I love snow and sad songs. My favorite color is red. If it wasn't totally weird, I might have a squirrel as a pet.

Here is a link to my much neglected blog: http://erinsbales.blogspot.com/
And I’m on Twitter @Bibliomaniacal1

Monday, May 20, 2013

MADHOUSE PATIENT RIPPED APART BY OBSESSION

PATIENT: CARLA ANDERTON
ILLNESS: RIPPER-LIKE TENDACIES
 
 
How do I sleep at night? Not well…
 
More often than not, when I tell people – particularly my community college students – that I’m an expert on Jack the Ripper, I get at least a handful of strange, bemused looks. I’m never surprised by it. Despite the fact that Jack the Ripper is perhaps the most infamous serial killer of all time, the study of his crimes has a name – Ripperology – and has spawned an entire industry devoted to discovering “whodunnit,” it remains an unusual and admittedly morbid period of history with which to be engrossed.
 
And I am that, thoroughly engrossed. Since my earliest encounter with the spectre of the Ripper on a “Jack the Ripper Walking Tour” in 1995, I’ve been fascinated by the man and the myth. I’ve read perhaps every reputable book on the subject, and a few that were less than credible. I’ve heard all the pet theories, ranging from the believable to the absurd, as to the identify of the elusive killer we call “Jack the Ripper,” “Leather Apron,” “The Fiend of Whitechapel,” etc. The list of monikers is almost as long as the list of suspects.
 
I’ve studied the autopsy and crime scene photos from every angle. Wake me up from a dead sleep and ask me to recite the names and nicknames of the five canonical victims and I can do so without hesitation. Every year, on the anniversaries of their deaths, I pause to honor their memories, whether with a moment of silence or a Facebook posting commemorating the same.
 
As previously stated, I am far from alone in my interest in all things Ripper and yet it never perplexes why I get bewildered looks when I tell others of my love for my main man, Jack. There’s an old adage that appearances can be deceiving, and I’m certain my own appearance is misleading.
 
Diminutive in stature, I’m not particularly menacing, nor do I necessarily convey much of an aura of authority as it pertains to a century plus old crime. Unlike many students of serial murderers, I don’t dress the part, since with two grey and white cats I’ve (mostly) banned dark colors from my wardrobe. I wear glasses, but I’ve never thought they made me look studious or like someone who’s spent whole days poring over the case files. And, yet, in spite of my deceptive exterior, inside my mind I fear I retain too much tragedy.
 
Inside my head are statistics so horrifying it actually alarms me how easily and unemotionally I can rattle them off. From the number of stab wounds sustained by the first –albeit non-canoncial victim–Martha Tabram, to the count of organs the Ripper removed from the body of the alleged last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, I can vividly picture each of Jack’s “Unfortunates” in situ.
 
An early reviewer of my debut novel, The Heart Absent, a tale of Jack the Ripper in love, begged the question of how I manage to sleep with all these ghastly facts crowding my psyche and the answer is simply: Not well. Not well, at all.
 
Still, I continue on as an amateur Ripperologist, and despite my concerns about overexposing myself to evil, I likely will remain fascinated by the Whitechapel Fiend until the end of my days. With the advent of advanced technology and automatic communication, new theories are constantly being put forward, some based in (pseudo)science, others based on cold facts, and even those derived from a fleeting observation or emotion. All these theories provide opportunities for expansion, elaboration and reflection.
 
Which brings me back to The Heart Absent, a fictional novel in which I tried not to answer the question “Who was the Jack the Ripper?” but rather “What sort of man could Jack the Ripper have been, and what sorts of events might trigger such chaotic violence?” Further, I sought to create complex characters, set against a realistic, meticulously researched historical backdrop, and to put those same characters in situations where my reader would be forced to alternately cheer and condemn them.
 
Was I successful? Only my readers can respond to that and, if you like stories about heartbreak and horror, passion and loyalty–or even if you just like a good whodunnit or a complex romance–I think you’ll enjoy The Heart Absent. I welcome your comments here, via email at carla@jozart.com, or over on my web site at www.carlaeanderton.com. You can also add me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest.
 
BIO: For as long as she can remember, Carla Elizabeth Anderton aspired to become a professional writer, a desire that’s been applauded and supported by her parents, her late grandparents, and nearly every English teacher who’s ever counted her as a student. A voracious reader from an early age, she’s fascinated by history and the human condition, and prefers to read/write fiction based on fact. Her pet subjects include European history, specifically England during the Tudor and Victorian eras. A recognized expert on the infamous serial murderer Jack the Ripper, she made the elusive killer the focus of her debut novel, The Heart Absent, which was published by New Libri Press in April 2013.
 
Anderton earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from California University of Pennsylvania.

 In addition to writing fiction, she has published poetry, essays, articles and plays and has an extensive background in small press journalism. For nearly five years, she was Editor-in-Chief of a regional monthly newsmagazine, California Focus, and since 1994 has edited/produced a literary arts magazine, Peer Amid, at varying intervals. Currently, Anderton is an adjunct professor of English. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Jozart Center for the Arts in California, Pennsylvania where she lives with a tall, talkative computer repairman and her 15-year-old son.
 
NOVEL SYNOPSIS: 14-year-old James Nemo spent most of his youth motherless and under the thumb of a father who hates him. These injustices he quickly forgets, however, in the arms of a beautiful young prostitute named Nelly. Reality conspires against the young lovers, and James is left, alone and angry, to confront the truth behind his mother’s abandonment. Twenty years pass. James, now a respected artist, meets Mary Jane Kelly, an Irish prostitute who bears more than a passing resemblance to Nelly. Convinced his redemption lies in her, James slowly ensnares her into his ever darkening world. His passion for her escalates to a frenzy, amidst the backdrop of Victorian London in the heyday of Jack the Ripper, and threatens to consume them both.

Monday, May 13, 2013

MADHOUSE LEADS PATIENT IN WRIGHT DIRECTION


PATIENT: K. CERES WRIGHT
ILLNESS: WRITER

When did you start writing? Why did you pick the genre you write in?

I always received good grades in English in school, but it wasn't my favorite subject. Math was my favorite. But I was working as a credit analyst for an insurance company in the mid-nineties, and the company had been hemorrhaging money for a few years and decided to lay off people. So in order to relieve some of the stress I was undergoing, I began writing. I wrote a science fiction story about my coworkers and they thought it was hilarious. So I sent it to some publishers, and it was quickly rejected. One editor wrote, "Character development?" on the first page, so I assumed that meant something. In school, I never really was taught how to write a story, only how to analyze one...metaphors, allegories, themes, and the like. But I discovered that I liked writing stories, so I kept at it.

I had become hooked on reading science fiction since about the fourth grade, when I first read, The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet.  I eventually graduated to Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke. But as I got older, my reading trailed off into mysteries, spy stories, and nonfiction.  Then one day at work, in 2004, I picked up a book called Neuromancer. I was enthralled. So I read more cyberpunk and decided to write a cyberpunk story. Then I wanted to write a book, but I didn't know how. I researched various writing programs and discovered Seton Hill University's (SHU) Writing Popular Fiction Program.

Where do you get your ideas from? Do you journal at all?

My ideas come from current advances in science that I project out about 50 years or so. Or at least I try. I guess we'll see how close I got in 2063. 

No, I don't journal.

What's a normal (writing) day like for you?

I'm not a morning person, so I sleep until the last possible moment....and sometimes more. I don't think I have a normal writing day. If I'm sitting, waiting somewhere, like at the mall, I'll pull out a piece of paper and write.  Or if after I come home from work, make dinner, and have enough energy, I'll write. Research is important, so I may do that on my lunch hour, or at night, as well.  It's hard when I'm just starting a book because I'm not in the groove, so to speak.  But once I'm there, it's usually at night when I write.

Favorite author or book? Who are you currently reading?

My favorite author is Richard K. Morgan. But I'm currently reading Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Evolution, and Revolution by various science fiction authors; and Hellbender by Jason Jack Miller.  It's hard for me, as I'm an editor at work so I read all day, and I don't feel like reading when I get home. So I keep books on both my nightstand and in the bathroom, so I can take advantage of whatever free time I may have.

Do you prefer writing poetry or pose? Why one over the other?

I prefer to write prose.  My father's a poet, and while growing up, I had a hard time understanding what he meant in his poems. I decided that one should mean what one says, and say what one means.  None of this 'it's how you interpret it' type of thing I've softened somewhat over the years, and I have written a poem that was nominated for a Rhysling award, but I much prefer prose.

Do you write in silence or with noise?

I mostly write in silence. If I'm at the mall or somewhere there's background noise, I can filter that out, being a mom, but if I'm at home, I write in silence.

Do you have any weird habits when it comes to writing? Do you type or write longhand?

I used to write longhand, but decided it would be quicker to learn how to write while typing, so I taught myself that.

Would you consider yourself a Plotter or a Pancer?

I have to outline a story, or I'll wind up far from where I had intended to go, but after that, I'm definitely a pancer.  Sometimes ideas just flow as soon as I put my fingers to the keys. Other times, I have to sit and think, or take a walk, or sleep on it.

What do you think is the hardest aspect of the craft?

For me, it's the non-writing aspects--marketing, posting updates, speaking in front of people, and the like. I'm an introvert, so being asked to give a talk, or do an interview is quite a challenge for me. But I recently agreed to do media pitching at work for practice so hopefully it'll help.

Current projects?

I'm working on a book with Rachael Pruitt, a fellow SHUer, who writes Arthurian fiction. She wrote The Dragon's Harp, which is about the life of Gwenhwyfar. Our book will be post-apocalyptic, so I think it will be able to highlight both of our talents, telling stories about groups of people who still have access to technology, and those who don't.

How do you balance being a writer?

For me, there's never a constant balance. If something or someone (read: children) requires my attention, it's all there. Writing takes a backseat, at least the focus. I'm always thinking of plots or characters in the back of my mind, just not writing it down. Or I'll file something away for later use. But if everything is going pretty smoothly, then I can sit and get it all down.

What do you think people expect from you with your writing?

I love action, so my readers, I think, will definitely get a fast ride. I try to put a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter to get them to stay up until 3 a.m. to finish my book.

Advice for aspiring writers?

Persevere. We all get rejected but we have to keep putting our work out there.

Keep learning. You never get to the point where you can't learn anything more about the craft, especially grammar. As an editor, I can't stress that enough. If your work is punctuated (see what I did there?) with errors, the story may be great, but an editor will toss it.

Read or listen to interviews given by your favorite authors.  They've been where you are.

PUBLICATIONS:
  • Cog. (July 2013). Dog Star Books.
  • "Choices" in Hazard Yet Forward (2012).
  • "Cyberpunk: Remastered" in Many Genres, One Craft (2011). Headline Books.
  • "The Haunting of M117" in Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction (2011).
  • "Doomed" in 2008 Rhysling Anthology. (2008) Science Fiction Poetry Association.


BIO: Daughter to a U.S. Army father, K. Ceres Wright has lived in Anchorage, AK; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Frankfurt, Oberursel, and Munich Germany; Seoul, Korea; and the Washington and Metropolitan Area.  She attended undergraduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a double major in economics and finance, then worked for 10 years as a credit and treasury analyst before deciding to change careers.

Wright received her master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. An accomplished poet, Wright's science fiction poem "Doomed" was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association's highest honor. Her work has appeared in Hazard Yet Forward; Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; Many Genres, One Craft; and The 2008 Rhysling Anthology.

She currently works as an editor/writer for a management consulting firm and lives in Crofton, MD with her son, Ian, and daughter, Chloe. Visit her website at http://www.kcereswright.com and find her on Twitter @KCeresWright.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

WYTOVICH WORD-SICK AND MAD


PATIENT:  Stephanie M. Wytovich
ILLNESS: Poet
SYMPTIOMS: Insomnia, possession, hallucinations, hysteria
STATUS: Insane, dangerous and delightfully mad

NOTES:

I didn't pick poetry.
Poetry picked me.
Ever since I was little, if I didn't write for a few days, I'd start to feel this ache in my chest that told me I was depressing my creativity. Lately, I've been doing nothing but working on my novel, yet that ache has been eating at me for the past couple of hours. I've come to recognize this feeling and got to know it very well, for now I only get it when a poem is inside of me, and I'm ignoring its words. So as a slave to the pain, I bring tonight's musings to the MADHOUSE, because after all, it is madness that drives me to the page night after night. 

Stay Scared,
Stephanie M. Wytovich


EVIDENCE: "Phantom Beat"

I gave my heart away,
Signed away the rights and
Yet I can still feel the phantom beat
In my chest,
Reminding me that I used to be whole,
And that at one point
I wasn’t so empty


TREATMENT: Beyond help

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

WYTOVICH PLANTS ROSE IN MADHOUSE

PATIENT: ROSE BLACKTHORN
ILLNESS: WRITER
 
When did you start writing? Why did you pick the genre you write it?
 
When I was in my mid to late teens, I lived with my grandparents in an area that was pretty rural. They owned several acres that were nothing but fields, and I used to just walk around in those fields by myself, telling myself stories. I don’t know how long I did that before it occurred to me if I was to write them down, then I could come back and read them again later. So really, that’s when I consider the start of my writing. They were just stories, daydreams meant for my own entertainment. Then as time went on, I let some of my friends read some of what I’d written. That’s when I realized that other people might get some enjoyment out of my little flights of fancy. I went through a very intense period where all I was writing was poetry/song lyrics, and would stay up half the night being very ‘artistic’ and ‘in touch with my emotions’. Good thing I grew out of that fairly quickly!
 
As far as genre goes, I don’t know that I really picked it. My earliest attempts at actual story-telling with a beginning/middle/end were rock-n-roll romances about the members of rock bands I idolized at the time. But I’d spent most of my teens reading fantasy, sci-fi and horror (thanks to my amazing Mom) and so speculative fiction just feels at home to me. When it comes to short fiction however, I naturally gravitate to horror. Short stories lend themselves to horror, in my opinion. I’ve written some really creepy things that are only 100 words in length, and they’re still effective. It’s kind of funny actually – when I first starting writing purposefully, I could never seem to find the end of the story. It would just go on and on, and I’d end up with these rambling novels. Now I find a great deal of joy and satisfaction in writing shorter pieces, and the challenge of micro-fiction is a blast.
 
 
Where do you get your ideas from? Do you journal at all?
 
Ideas come from everywhere. I’ve gotten story ideas from dreams, from conversations with people, even from commercials on TV. Sometimes the best ideas come from everyday things, if you just look at them from a slightly skewed perspective.
 
As far as journaling, I’d have to say no. My Mom kept diaries, and since she has passed away I’ve gone through and read what she’d written. There were some fascinating things in there, things that we’d never actually talked about, and I never would have known about them if not for her writings. I have tried on more than one occasion to keep a diary or journal. I’ve been in classes that required journaling, and managed (just) to complete them as assignments. But I just don’t have the patience for it, and it seems like when I sit down to write things about me I can’t find anything I want to say. Yet, there are facets of me in every story I’ve ever written.
 
 
What’s a normal (writing) day like for you?
 
I have a day job, like a lot of writers. I am not by any stretch a morning person, so I can’t make myself get out of bed to write before going to work. So, I get up and go to work (I work from home so I have a nice stress-free commute) and put in my hours there. Then in the afternoon and evening, between things that have to get done and spending time with my boyfriend and my dogs, I write or edit or read. Weekends are when I get the majority of writing done, because I can pretty much spend the whole day working on whatever my current project is, with short breaks to take care of other things.
 
 
Favorite author or book? Who are you currently reading?
 
I can’t list a single favorite for either. I’m a huge fan of Patricia McKillip, Anne McCaffery, Jean Auel, Barbara Hambly, PC Hodgell, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Neil Gaiman, and Charles deLint. I’m particularly fond of THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD by McKillip, The Darwath Trilogy from Hambly, and WATCHERS by Koontz.
 
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of anthologies, partly because I’ve been writing so many short stories. Just in the last little while I’ve read Stalking You Now by Jeff Strand, Devil Inside by William Cook, Dragonthology from Untold Press, For the Preservation of the Species by Michael J Evans, Pentacle – A Self Collection by Tom Piccirilli, and From Beyond the Grave from Grinning Skull Press. At the moment I’m reading Knock Knock by S.P.Miskowski, and Horrific History from Hazardous Press.
 
 
Do you prefer writing poetry or prose? Why one over the other?
 
I do write poetry from time to time, but almost always when I’m writing it as one of my characters, as part of a story. I really prefer prose myself, simply because I feel that I have more room to say what I want to say.
 
 
Do you write in silence or with noise (TV, movies, music)?
 
It really depends on what I’m working on. I occasionally write in silence, and rarely with the TV or a movie on. Most of the time I have music playing, and it has to be something conducive to what I’m writing. When I’m working on something in the fantasy genre, the music tends toward Celtic instrumentals, or sometimes movie soundtracks like Lord of the Rings or Braveheart. Sci-fi stuff can be movie soundtracks again, or some rock music. Horror writing usually works better for me with rock music.
 
 
Do you have any weird habits when it comes to writing? Do you type or write longhand?
 
I don’t know about weird habits, but I’ve found it helpful to find an image that puts me in mind of what I’m writing. When I was working on NEPTUNE DREAMS for the Fear the Abyss anthology, I found a gorgeous rendering of Neptune and some of her moons which I put up as a wallpaper so I could look at it whenever I wanted to. A dark fantasy piece THE LILAC HEDGE takes place in this verdant flower garden, so I put pictures of lilacs and roses and irises on my screen to help me stay in that place. A story I’m working on right now is a post-apocalyptic tale and I found a photo I took myself on the Oregon coast when it was cloudy and foggy, and there was no one to be seen for miles. Just looking at that puts me in the frame of mind I want to be in, and then I can go from there.
 
The only time I write longhand is when I’m writing poetry; it seems to flow better that way. Everything else is typewritten, for practicality. My handwriting is atrocious and I taught myself to type by touch when I was thirteen on an old manual typewriter specifically because of that. It’s helpful too that I type fast enough, I can almost keep up with my brain when a story is really flying.
 
 
Would you consider yourself a Plotter or a Pantser?
 
I am definitely a Pantser. When I first started writing it was all so I could find out where the story would go. If I knew how a story was going to end, there was no point in writing it down. Of course that’s changed a bit now, but I still usually don’t have a clear idea of the end of a story. I can have certain points that I’m working toward, steps that I want to be sure are taken. But that’s about as far as my Plotting goes.
 
 
What do you think is the hardest aspect of the craft?
 
There are a few things. Time is one of those; I am rarely able to spend as much time writing as I would like to. Objectivity is another. Sometimes it can be very difficult, especially when you’re caught up with and emotionally vested in your characters and their stories, to be able to recognize things that shouldn’t be there. Sometimes it’s so much fun writing a scene, that you don’t want take it out even though it really doesn’t need to be there. That takes a certain amount of discipline, and sometimes it’s downright painful to do what you know is best for the story. And last is promotion. I think that’s definitely become a part of the craft of writing, at least if you’re trying to get published. I’m an introvert, and rather shy with people, so trying to put myself out there and make connections and promote myself can be frightening and extremely uncomfortable. But it’s part of being a published author, and so you do your best to let people know you’re there!
 
 
Current projects?
 
I’m working on several short pieces for different submission calls, as well as the first book of an epic fantasy series (working title BARD’S RETURN) and an urban/dark fantasy novella about shape-shifters from another reality who wind up in current day Los Angeles.
 
 
How do you balance being a writer?
 
Mostly I just try to keep my equilibrium, and prioritize. Obviously I need to pay my bills, so the day job is a necessity. I love my family, so I make sure to set aside time for them. But I also have to answer to my own requirements for creativity – whether that be writing, or taking photos, or working on the jewelry I make. Sometimes I wish I could do without sleep! But it’s all about not neglecting the things that are important to you.
 
 
What do you think people expect from you with your writing?
 
I don’t know that I’m at the point where people are expecting anything, but I think readers will always find something of beauty in my stories. Whether the genre is fantasy or horror, I always try to find something that really touches me and I do my best to share that in my writing.
 
 
Advice for aspiring writers?
 
Two things – enjoy yourself, and don’t give up. There’s no point in doing it if you don’t enjoy it. Find a genre or a niche that speaks to you, and go with it. And don’t let anyone tell you stop, not if it’s something you love.
 
 
RELEASED:
  • FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE by Grinning Skull Press 
  • NECON E-BOOKS BEST OF 2012 FLASH ANTHOLOGY from Necon E-Books
  • HORRIFIC HISTORY from Hazardous Press
COMING SOON:
  • ANOTHER 100 HORRORS from Cruentus Libris Press
  • EULOGIES II: TALES FROM THE CELLAR from Horror World
  • BARNYARD HORROR by JWK Fiction
  • BLOOD AND ROSES from Scarlett River Press
  • WATERLESS from Buzzy Mag
  • WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE appearing in the summer issue of 69 Flavors of Paranoia.


BIO: Rose Blackthorn currently lives in the high mountain desert of Eastern Utah with her boyfriend and two dogs. She spends her time writing, reading, beading and doing wire-work, and photographing the surrounding wilderness. An only child, she was lucky enough to have a mother who loved books, and has been surrounded by them her entire life. Thus instead of squabbling with siblings, she learned to be friends with her imagination and the voices in her head are still very much present. She is an affiliate member of the HWA, and suffers from an overactive imagination, but rather than complaining... she just goes with it.