Monday, 30 June 2014

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Ross S Simon

1. Tell me about your books Vein Transplant & By A Bloody Head and where you got your inspiration for them?

"Vein Transplant" is a sci-fi-themed horror yarn pertaining to a leprosy strain that makes organic creatures into monstrous hodge-podges of living veins and arteries. Its theme mainly comes from the 50s EC-Comics style of horror, through the TV show "Tales From The Crypt," which used to be one of my favorite shows to watch in reruns. "By A Bloody Head" pertains to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse themselves running as jockeys in the Kentucky Derby, a unique idea that owes its fabrication a bit more to the "Tales of the Unexpected" of Roald Dahl.

2. Do you admire your own work?

I admire my work very much, while trying not to be a prima donna about it. I also try to keep the idea in mind that my horror works aren't ever going to promote themselves. I have to reach out to the audiences out there. I can never try too much to do that, except I happen to be chronically lazy, which makes that even more of an understatement.

3. While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

During the writing of "The Snow" at least, I felt a bit like I was in the shoes of Donald Holly, the protagonist. He and I are both lonely individuals. It's almost to a scary point, at least for me. For him, it's definitely to a scary point.

4. If you were the ruler of the world, what laws would you make?

Ashamed as I am to share it anywhere, the laws I would make as supreme, dictatorial overlord of the entire planet would force everyone to be my friend under penalty of brutal, slow death.

5. If you had to do it all over again, would you changed anything in your latest book?

The only thing I would change in either of my new short stories would be to put the cover blurb on "Vein Transplant"—"What has the Lord God wrought?"—in actual quotation marks. Perhaps there would be more artistic flair.

6. Sunrises or Sunsets?

Sunrises hold more hope and positivity for me, as they mark the start of a new day, in addition to being no less beautiful than sunsets, really.

7. Do you prefer blue or black inked pens?

Blue has always been my favorite color, so I find more sophistication in blue-inked pens. Still, most creditors demand black ink instead, so that's that.

8. Would you break a law to save a loved one?

I would find it very worth breaking a law so that one that I love could live. It could likely be explained on my part in court later, and the worst I could get is a reduced sentence, like community service.

9. Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Like most everybody of my kind, Stephen King registers top of my list, and PERHAPS like most everybody, what strikes me about him is how he's always able to write what he does in a style that just about everybody always so completely digs.

10. What was your favourite subject at school?

If it can be said, my favorite subject at school was only one thing: graduation. And I think it CAN be said, because in twelve bloody years, the one and only thing I actually learned in school was Not To Accept People.

11. If you could try out any job for a day (real or fictional) what would you like to try?

I'd probably like to try out working in a recycling plant. It's been a lifelong dream of mine to see what goes on, up close and personal, inside one of those places.

12. What was your favourite cartoon growing up?

While I was actually growing up, my favorite cartoon was "Batman: The Animated Series." In adolescence, cartoons that were intentionally comedic didn't register high with me at all.

13. Do you watch horror movies on or from behind the couch?

I watch horror movies from the very edge of the couch seat.

14. What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

"Keep going, but don't sweat it. The flow of things will take care of its end; you just take care of yours."

15. How did you chose your genre?

I've actually been writing in multiple genres for years; it was a lucky break that I got accepted in this one manuscript I was offering at the time that happened to be horror. What are the odds?

16. What’s next for you?

What I've been planning is a supernatural shocker of sorts set in Scotland, based on an archaic children's rime: "Arthur O' The Bower."

17. What would YOU like the reader to know about your book or about you in general?

I'd like the reader to know that "Vein Transplant" and "By A Bloody Head" are two stories with which I have really been counting on entertaining the avid horror lover.

18. Why did you feel you had to tell this story?

Why does ANY horror writer feel ANY story of theirs needs to be told? The idea is good; the conveyance of it can be worked out. That seemed to be the case with "Vein" and "Head" both.

19. What sort of environment do you write in? (e.g. quiet room, a cupboard with headphones on, in a death match with the cat for control of the keyboard)

I write in a study full of history books, formerly belonging to my late father, in an atmosphere of terminal dust.


In this short horror story by Ross S. Simon, author of "The Snow," a viral scientist's newly discovered leprosy strain, which destroys all but the circulatory system, falls into an unfortunate love triangle between him, a lovely coworker, and a jealous custodian...with terrifyingly bizarre results.


In this sinisterly ironic horror short by Ross S. Simon, three freeloading English gamblers bet, successfully, on a team of four jockeys in the Kentucky Derby who turn out to be something more than of this particular according to the Book of Revelation.


About Ross

ROSS S. SIMON was born Sam Ridings in La Crosse, WI, in 1979.  He moved to Santa Cruz, CA, at age nine, where he still lives today, and graduated from Cabrillo Community College in 2006, with an AA degree in Basic Liberal Arts.  Mr. Simon's hobbies include pinball gaming, collecting pop memorabilia, and reading interesting novels of various genres.  He is the author of two horror novels: The Snow, published by Eternal Press in 2012, and Red Dahlia, published by EP's Damnation Books in 2013.


Monday, 23 June 2014

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Bonnie Elizabeth

1. Tell me about your book Little Dog Lost and where you got your inspiration for it?

Little Dog Lost is the fourth book in the series that started in Whisper Bound. All the books are contemporary fantasy. Each has a stand-alone plot with a sub plot that runs through them all.

In this one a master criminal has stolen items from the gods and only Meg Barringer and her crew can help them. I got to flesh out the alien cat persona of Zari A in this one which was fun. I’m not sure where I got the inspiration, but I wanted something that would require the group on Whisper to see earth spirit Peter Eresh as less than all powerful. I needed there to be something that he would bow down to. Given his general personality, that wasn’t that easy so it had to be a god of some sort.

Naturally, I finally moved the romance between Peter and Meg along a bit further. Most of my readers were getting irritated that things weren’t progressing, although there were some detours along the way.

2. Have you ever hated something you wrote?

I hate a lot of things that I write! Many of them just get tossed or set aside until I want to work more on the idea. Part of what I do, is I write a lot. Some ideas are good and they work. Others are incredibly dull.

3. If you had to do it all over again, would you changed anything in your latest book?

Absolutely. I have to set a time to be done otherwise I’d always be changing little things. I think I would have had more discussion about the gods and goddesses. There was plenty of room for chat that I completely let go by.

4. Do you prefer blue or black inked pens?

Black pens. Blue tends to have too many different blues but black is always black.

5. How did you chose your genre?

The book is what it is! And so is the series. I like fantasy and even urban fantasy. An advantage, of course, is that I can always point to the fact that it’s fiction so I don’t need all the details perfect, so long as they make sense in the way the world is set up.

6. Which character speaks the loudest to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the rest?

Rain always speaks the loudest. She really wasn’t meant to be the main character but she kept talking and was terribly interesting so she ended up sharing narration with Meg. That helped the re-write in Taken by the Sound (the second book) a lot. Before that it was rather dull but I get good feedback on how suspenseful it is now.

7. What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would your characters order? Simple coffee, complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare?

My readers can probably recite this. Meg loves chai (always chai). Kyle has his drink of the day which changes with the seasons so he often gets something different. Rain is caramel macchiato minus a pump. I think they all go for grande and keep getting more throughout the day. It’s nice that they have their own coffee cart in the building.

8. What was your favourite subject at school?

I loved English and science.

9. What was your favourite cartoon growing up?

Scooby Doo. I hated it when they added Scrappy. Yes, that dates me doesn’t it?

10. What’s next for you?

I’m working on the fifth novel in the Whisper series that should come out later this year. I have a short story coming out in Rescue Cats, which is an anthology of rescued cats through a cat’s eyes. I’m excited because I’ve been inspired by some Steampunk characters and I think that it may well turn out to be one of next year’s books.

11. What sort of environment do you write in? (e.g. quiet room, a cupboard with headphones on, in a death match with the cat for control of the keyboard)

I have a big room that I share with my husband when he works from home. It’s got a large window so I know what’s happening in the neighborhood. I have a 38 gallon fish tank that I can look at and several plants. There’s an extra heater when my feet get cold. And yes, there are three cats who all need to snooze on the keyboard from time to time.

12. How do you deal with brilliant ideas that pop up while you’re writing something else?

I jot them down in NotePad. I love that program.

Even the gods hire Barringer and Associates when they need a PI.

Hired by Pele to find her lost dog, Meg Barringer’s office gets to do what the goddess can’t. Pele presses local earth spirit Peter Eresh into service as well.

Gods lack patience. They also lack power when it comes to dealing with a master criminal from another world.

Working with Zari A, a cat who is not a cat, Meg and her companions search for clues to Pele’s missing dog. Can they find the dog before it’s too late?

Little Dog Lost involves a quest from the gods with villains, cats, plenty of suspense, and more romance than Meg is ready for.


About Bonnie

Bonnie Elizabeth wrote her first book at the age of 8. Thankfully that manuscript has long since been lost.
Little Dog Lost is the fourth book in the series that began with Whisper Bound. Bonnie writes light contemporary fantasy and some general fantasy and science fiction. Her work will also appear in the anthology Rescue Me! which is a book to raise money for cat rescues put out by FitCat Publishing.
Bonnie worked as a veterinary receptionist, cemetery administrator, secretary and as an acupuncturist before writing her first novel.