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Thadd Presley

Posted in interviews, news, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2011 by intoviews

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what is your name?
Thadd Presley

how would you describe what you do?
I am a writer. I jot down ideas and sentences on paper and then type them into a word program. In essence I simply document the tragedies that occur in my mind. I have recently realized that each one of my characters look to me for salvation and I take that very seriously.

what are you currently working on?
I am currently writing a story for “Among the Damned,” an anthology for Panic Press. I’m also working close with Stephen W. Roberts, Daniel Fabiani, and Stacy Bolli for The Dark Fiction Spotlight. Last year we published 3 issues of the magazine and this year we are focusing on a few anthologies. So, if you write horror, submit your stories. Until last year, I had only published one book which was my short story collection “Full Spectrum” and spent most of my time editing manuscripts for other writers. But, things have changed very quickly. In 2011 I have been published in seven books and have released a poetry collection entitle “Poetry Principia.”

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
Stephen King was an early influence, along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I remember reading “Insomnia” and marveling at the effortless way he explained the story and the situations of each character. His way of telling a story just blows me away. Later in life, I began expanding my horizons by reading HP Lovecraft and Issac Asimov. It was then that I suddenly realized that readers didn’t always want a simple story. So, now, when I write I don’t just tell a story and let that be it. I want to use every story to build a world and every character is another person in that world, every story is another window into my imaginary universe.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
I really don’t know how to answer that. I write stories and people read them. There’s not too much to get mixed up there. I don’t only write horror, or at least that’s not what I’ve always wrote. I also write poetry and mysteries. It’s just that right now I am interested in horror and have met some very good friends in the dark fiction community who have given me opportunities to share my passion of writing.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
I absolutely love writing. It a compulsion that I can’t seem to get past. I write everyday for hours and hours. One thing that I don’t do is tie myself down to a single genre. If I have a mystery in my head, I write mystery. If it is poetry, I write poetry. Sometimes I have deadline for a themed anthology or I’ll be working a certain story and have to write a certain way, but that is just what a writer does. I don’t suppose that’s a weakness. It’s just like any other job: things have to get done.

But I can say that the main strength about writing (whether it’s horror, mystery, or poetry) is that it allows a certain freedom that no other job does. I can use a story or poem to exorcise my own demons and vent frustration. Unlike many professions, a writer can go to work and kill that guy that cut him off at the intersection or better yet… he can capture him and take him into the woods and cover him with honey and video what happens when the bears find him. Ha! See. Writing is a great job.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
Technology has certainly helped every writer by providing new ways to connect with other writers and readers. The fact that I can now simply receive and sent work quickly through email has sped up the response time to submissions and allows me to get more jobs, find new clients, and it also helps with the research aspect of writing. No more going to the library and searching through encyclopedias to learn what date the Civil War ended.

And the fact that we are doing an interview is proof that technology has brought a new rush of interest to my writing.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Be yourself. That’s the best advice I can give anyone. Besides writing I also play bass in a heavy metal band called “Dead in Tow.” Now, it would be really easy for me to act dark and sinister and wear black clothes, paint my finger nails, pierce me eye-lids, and say that I’m just evil by nature. After all i’m a horror writer, heavy metal guitarists, and Editor for a dark fiction magazine. Everyone would probably expect a certain element of evil from me. But, that’s not me. And I find that when people who meet me and ask if “I’m the guy that wrote that story…” they are glad to see I’m like they are. It kind of bothers me to see people who think they have to act a certain way to get attention. It’s all over TV and internet. I have learned that being yourself is very important and it’s the best advice I can give anyone.

where can we find you online?
My website is www.thaddpresley.com You’ll find all my links there. But, my blog is at http://storyblog.thaddpresley.com/ That’s where you can find all my stories and poetry. Also, I’d like to point out www.thedarkfiction.com is where I work as a technical editor.

what are you reading at the moment?
I have been reading “Monstrum” by Donald James. It’s a crime thriller set in Russia. For some odd reason I’ve been obsessed with Russia lately. Hopefully, I’ll visit the country someday. I have this sneaky suspicion that Russia will inspire many stories. Of course, I won’t know until I get there for a visit.

what are you listening to at the moment?
Lamb of God is probably the newest metal band I listen to. Of course AC/DC is very dear to me as is the “old” Metallica. I’m not too keen on new music. On the contrary, Adele has been playing in the background lately and I really love the way she writes and composes. It is a breath of fresh air to see a woman with talent that doesn’t think she has to strip on stage or out do the next performer with stupid stunts in order to sell albums. In the same vien, I want to say that Dolores O’Riordan from the Cranberries is also a favorite. Rush and Led Zeppelin are two of my all time favorite bands.

anything else we should know?
Well, here are some fun facts: I love British comedy. (The Mighty Boosh, Saxondale, Little Britain are some of my favorite television shows of all time)

I have just joined the Horror Writers Association. I look forward to being part of that wonderful organization and meeting new friends and writers from the group.

I don’t have an agent, but hope to find one this year.

One of my favorite writers is Richard O’Brian. I think he is great.

My favorite book is “The Life an Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman” and I also like “A Confederacy of Dunces”

Oh, and also, I have an honorary Ph.D in Metaphysics.

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alfred eaker

Posted in art, film, interviews, news, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2011 by intoviews

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what is your name?

Alfred Eaker

how would you describe what you do?

I am an expressionist painter, filmmaker, performance artist. Additionally, I write film criticism and theological essays. I am currently working on my Masters of Theological Studies in the Arts.

what are you currently working on?

A surreal, existential film titled “Stations.” A series of paintings entitled ‘Stations” and a documentary film on artist Raymond Thundersky.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
Possibly the music of Gustav Mahler and Luigi Nono. Also, my art professor Steve Mannheimer, the writings of Thomas Merton and Flannery O’Connor, the paintings of Paul Gauguin, the films of Tod Browning, Luis Bunuel, Andrei Tarkovsky and Charlie Chaplin.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

People tend to put you in a stereotypical box. “Oh, his work is abstract or surreal, etc.” The assumption is that you “cannot” do something more linear, narrative, etc. I started off as a quasi-linear artist. People tend to assume that once you have done “abstract” work, then that is all you will ever do. Journeyed art is never linear in path. Picasso certainly tightened after his Cubist phase. Too, for some reason, people who saw my first feature, “Jesus and her Gospel of Yes” that i was some kind of atheist. Far from it. The film itself echoes and expresses my own Zen Catholicism. Atheism, for me, tends as much towards totalitarianism as fundamentalism does.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

In painting I work exclusively in oils and would have it no other way. It is a vibrant, organic medium, but it is a solitary form of expression and work process. Film is reliant on collaboration, which is simultaneously exhilarating and frustrating.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

In painting, absolutely none! Film, of course, is reliant on technology, but it is not that I am hands on with the technology. I am still primarily a concept artists and delegate to those who have the technological skills because I am not in the slightest bit interested in the aesthetics of filmmaking.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Art is a vocation. Anything less is not art.

where can we find you online?

http://www.illuminationgallery.net/guests/eaker/eaker.html

http://www.wthemovie.com/

what are you reading at the moment?

“Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton.”

what are you listening to at the moment?

Julie London.

anything else we should know?
N/A

Petra Whiteley

Posted in interviews, news, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by intoviews

what is your name?

Petra Whiteley

how would you describe what you do?
I write poetry, flash fiction, fiction, and engage in journalism – I’m a regular writer for couple of webzines and write articles on left wing politics and current events, and also on literature movements and history of literature, particular poets and writers, and also music journalism – I write CD/Singles reviews and interview musicians for Reflections of Darkness, which covers spectrum of music from Goth, Electro, ambient, Heavy Metal and its sub-genres, various combinations of of Rock, Punk, Folk to EBM.

what are you currently working on?
I’m working on a lot of material for Reflections of Darkness, be it reviews or interviews, creatively I’m focused on poetic series. I have a novel on a go, but have very little time left for it.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
I have always loved books, ever since I was a child I’ve devoured them. I am inspired by many great poets and writers, i.e. Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Czeslaw Milosz, Marina Tsvetaeva, Georg Trakl, Alburt Camus, Franz Kafka, William Styron, Anna Kavan, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Margaret Atwood and many others. Music is another great passion of mine. Although I’ve been trained in music during my childhood, I don’t play music actively, but I am an enthusiastic music listener – of many genres, I’d say it equals my passion for writing very much and I get a lot out of inspiration for it. I always have music playing on when writing and musicality in language is an important factor for me. Paintings are yet another influence – Goya being the main one.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
The criticism I’ve encountered from some is that it’s abstract and not easily accessible. I personally love challenge on all levels and work that doesn’t demand more of me and/or doesn’t engage my imagination, work that doesn’t stretch my horizon is simply not my cup of tea, but some people enjoy work that they can get instantly. Sometimes the criticism is that it’s too dark, on the other hand these are qualities that other readers enjoy. No one can please anyone and those who try lose their authenticity, not to mention if they have to do something that they don’t enjoy even their heart.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
Strengths are the larger possibilities for the writer in terms of the greater visibility and connectivity of work with readership. The mainstream publishing is right now very cautious and with Independent press there’s a lot of promotion left to do for the writer, I am quite introverted and doing that part of it doesn’t come to me naturally. I’d love to have an agent, but I end up writing rather than looking for one.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
I have recently released a book on Kindle – as well as having two books in print via independent press. I think most people of my generation prefer the physical feeling of the book, so it’s something I had to get my head around as well, but I believe that it’s the future of writing medium just as it has become for music.  Of course publishing online means a possibility of an instant feedback. In the past, you could get this immediacy only if you did public reading, if you released a book or poem, you’d have a vacuum before the reviews, readers’ letters came in. Where the new technology impacted me is that I can listen to music when I’m working or researching without having to get up and change CDs!

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Don’t follow anybody, be yourself, be passionate because each moment counts, live life to the full!

where can we find you online?
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/petra.whiteley

what are you reading at the moment?
I usually read several books at a time, Selected poetry by T.S. Eliot and Czeslaw Milosz, The Brontës by Juliet Barker.

what are you listening to at the moment?
CDs I have for reviews, Kalt at the moment, in leisure I’ve been listening to Diary of Dreams, Karnivool, Metallica and I’m usually listening to classical music when I’m cooking or doing housework.

anything else we should know?
I might be writing some less in three months time as I am going to have my son that I’m presently expecting and I’m sure that’ll keep me busy, though writing is something of a biological necessity, so will not abandon it completely.

Raymond A. Foss

Posted in interviews, news, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2011 by intoviews

what is your name?
Raymond A. Foss (Ray)

how would you describe what you do?
I am a family law attorney and a faith-based poet

what are you currently working on?
Several poems regarding the season of Lent, the Passion, and Easter.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
Returning to my faith in 20032004 after 25 years outside the church, Disciple I Bible Study program in 20042005.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
That I only write about my faith.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
I try to be very straight forward in my writing; but many people question if it is really poetry if it doesn’t have meter and rhyme.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
It is really important; many of my poems are written directly on the computer. By posting on my blog, Poetry Where You Live (www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com), people all over the world can read my 11,530+ poems.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Do what you are passionate about. Step out of the boat.

where can we find you online?
http://www.facebook.com/raymond.a.foss

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid…
http://www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com
http://www.raymondfoss.com
http://www.slideshare.netraymondafoss

what are you reading at the moment?
The Sanctuary for Lent

what are you listening to at the moment?
Anything by Michael W. Smith.

anything else we should know?

See the attached bio. Biography 04042011

Sam Manty

Posted in interviews, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by intoviews

what is your name?
Sam Manty

how would you describe what you do?
I’m a poet and have written an urban fiction novel called Abundance Baby!

what are you currently working on?
I’m working on my second novel called Misverstand (Misunderstanding) which is a lot darker than my first novel. The focus is on relationships, people’s complexities, jealousy and ultimately murder.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
The realisation that poetry does not have to be impossible to understand and overly complicated for it to be good and impactful.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
Ayn Rand said, “There is no such thing as a free lunch or free verse”. I beg to differ. I write free verse and consider it a legitimate art form.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
Free verse is exactly that – free. The freedom to express without being confined to structure. On the other hand, intellectual snobs would disagree with me.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
Technology has added vast dimensions to my work. My blog has enabled me to house my work in one place. I love the fact that other poets and writers can view my work and comment. The best thing about technology is the instant gratification. A new poem can burst out and take its place in cyberspace, open to whatever the world flings back.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Don’t worry about the critics or the people out to eat you. Write for the joy. For the moments when you can disappear out of this world.

where can we find you online?
Visit my blog http://sammanty-poet.blogspot.com/

what are you reading at the moment?
The Paris Review. A series of interviews with famous playwrights.

what are you listening to at the moment?
An old Prince CD. He’s still the best guitarist in the business.

Diana May-Waldman

Posted in interviews, news, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by intoviews

what is your name?
Diana May-Waldman

how would you describe what you do?
I’m a Poet, and a women’s and children’s advocate. I’d like to believe that I am a World Warrior, using my words to change the world with the hope that we can all return to the simple concept of Peace & Love. A brother and sisterhood, all looking out for one another.

what are you currently working on?
I currently write weekly for WorldWideHippies and I’m working on my second book of poetry. I am also the Poetry Editor for Blue Lake Review.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
My father was a poet. He’d grab a bottle of Scotch, paper and pen and go down into the basement. Before the night was over he would have scribbled ten or twenty poems, before slitting his wrists.
I’ve been influenced by several women writers. I recall reading the book, “The Women’s Room,” by Marilyn French and being blown away with the realization that it was okay for a woman to say what she was thinking. Of course, I am a Sylvia Plath junkie, as well as being addicted to Anne Sexton, Shirley Jackson, Rita Dove, Diane DiPrima, Lyn Lifshin, Marianne Moore, Jill Battson and Anais Nin.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
I think that some people might see me as a “dirty” hippie, radical feminist. I shave my legs, paint my toe nails, and love the color pink. I just detest stereotypes and censorship and have no problem speaking up and out when I feel the need to do so.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
I think being a writer/poet allows us the freedom to put it out there for others to read. Writers are able to make a strong impact in the way people think. To make changes and to help people.
I think the weaknesses lie within the bestsellers list. There is so much mainstream writing, that a lot of really great writers get overlooked. The newer flash fiction stuff kind of irks me. It’s like the microwave version of writing. Pop it in and serve it up. It lacks flavor.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
The Internet has been a great tool for writers. It has allowed us to connect and network and discover writers we might not have known existed.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Probably the same thing that I have always told my children. Don’t use the word “hate.” Don’t hit people. Don’t tattle unless unless it’s danger and never judge anyone else, because you have no idea what they are carrying in their heart. We are all just trying to make our way.

where can we find you online?
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344979786

https://sites.google.com/site/essaysbydianamaywaldman/

http://mitchwaldman.homestead.com/AWomansSong.html

what are you reading at the moment?
Helping Her Get Free, A Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women, by Susan Brewster.

what are you listening to at the moment?
The hum of the refrigerator, the clanking of coins in the dryer, and the morning laughter of children getting on the school bus.

anything else we should know?

I wear a size 6 shoe. : )

David Stienmetz

Posted in interviews, update, writing with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by inndecks

what is your name?
My name is David Stienmetz

how would you describe what you do?
What I attempt to write is epic contemporary fantasy. Contemporary in that it isn’t set in the distant future or distant past but at a similar time period to
our own.

what are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the last chapter of a novel called “Ripped Awaye.”

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
The greatest influence upon me thus far has been my experience in the Army.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
I don’t know that I’m well read enough for anyone to have misconceptions about my work. If there were, I supposed they might conceive that I am anti-war. I am not necessarily pro or anti war, but I find that even after having been a soldier in a combat zone, I can still attempt to look at it with a fresh perspective.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
The strengths in writing fictional prose are almost too many to count. The greatest I would say is that you can give the reader more detail and more of a direct experience of character than they might get from a television program or film.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

Technology is a must in these days. Alot of my friends still insist that typewriters have some magical essence about them that makes your writing better, but I find that the speed and utility of computers more than make up for any ancient blessings they fail to bestow. Besides, I can type nearly as fast as I talk on a good day and that really saves time and finger cramps from writing by hand.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
As for advice, I hardly find myself in a position to give it, but I guess I would say that writing is alot like drawing, painting, or even playing sports. The more you do it the better you’ll get. If your brain is a muscle, think of writing as heavy lifting, and reading as your cardio.

where can we find you online?
Lol, I have not yet returned to writerscafe.org after the whole site deletion fiasco. I occasionally post work on my facebook, but haven’t yet found a comfortable place to stick to. I have recently had a piece put in the UW Madison’s Student Writers Collection 2011.

what are you reading at the moment?
I am currenly reading Skavenslayer, and enjoying every bloody bit of it.

what are you listening to at the moment?
I am listening to E.S. Posthumus “Unstoppable” because it makes every keystroke seem like the blowback of a machinegun.

anything else we should know?
Other things to know? A useful tool that I’ve found helps to keep characters in order is to sketch a portrait of each of them which I post on the wall of my office for quick reference. If I ever wonder what one of them might say, I simply turn and ask them.

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