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Billie Sue Mosiman

Posted in interviews, news, update, writing with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by intoviews

 

 

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what is your name?

Billie Sue Mosiman

how would you describe what you do?

I write fiction, both novels and short stories. I published 13 novels through traditional publishers beginning in 1984. I placed more than 150 short stories in various anthologies and magazines. I have more than 50 titles in digital form for the Kindle. I was nominated for both an Edgar and a Stoker for two of my novels. I write.

what are you currently working on?

I’m working on the second book of a trilogy and the title is LOSTNESS.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

Reading. And continuing evidence of how one disturbed man or woman can influence the people around him.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

That I might take bullshit off anyone. That I write to fulfil some emptiness or pain in myself. I write to know what I think.

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

The strength is that fiction books have lasting value. Especially today with digital, a book can last longer than ever. There’s also strength in being able to enter a reader’s imagination and stir a world to life. The weakness of writing is how no matter how you might struggle with the words to bring the fictional world alive, sometimes you fail. The distance between what is in the writer’s head and what he wants to create is a wide gulf to cross.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

It’s impacted it tremendously. I first worked on an electric typewriter. I had to make a copy with carbon paper rolled into the carriage. If I made a mistake, I had to use White-Out to correct it and if I made more than one or two typing mistakes on one page, I had to rip it up and retype the whole page. Then I got my first computer in 1983 and I could put a floppy disk in the slot to power up a word processor, slip another disk into the slot to use for saving the work to, and viola! I could make changes, do revisions and corrections right on a screen without having to rip up physical typing paper! Then Windows came along and word processing became even easier and more convenient. I went from mailing manuscripts to my publishers to emailing them the file. Today I can read books on a smart phone, an iPad, or my computer. I can see my older published titles put into digital form for ereaders and reach whole new audiences. I love these tech advances and I’m so happy to be able to create more comfortably and with greater ease.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Be honest in your work. If it hurts to write it, maybe you’re getting close to the nub of it. Don’t pretend to feel an emotion through your character, actually feel it. Trust in the fact humanity is more alike than unalike and every man and woman feels some of the same emotions and outrages you feel.

where can we find you online?

I have a blog at http://www.peculiarwriter.blogspot.com where this month I began to publish my memoir serially online. I’m on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/billie.s.mosiman) regularly and on Twitter (@billiemosiman). My work is mainly on the Kindle site. http://www.amazon.com/Billie-Sue-Mosiman/e/B000AQ0Z5E

 

what are you reading at the moment?

11/22/63 by Steve King and some HWA works that have made the preliminary ballot for the Stoker.

what are you listening to at the moment?

The news on CBS. Often I listen to my iPod and the thousands of songs I’ve taken off my CDs I gathered over the years.

anything else we should know?

I just published one of my novels originally published by Pocket Books and retitled it MOON LAKE. As I began work on the formatting for the digital file, I decided the straight suspense story lacked a supernatural creature–so I created one and let it crawl through the book, changing the story somewhat and giving it a supernatural element. I’m posting my memoir, ALABAMA GIRL, on my blog at about a chapter a week. I’m writing the second book of a trilogy about fallen angels. The first book is BANISHED and has been out a year. The second one is titled LOSTNESS and I should complete it this year. My novel, BAD TRIP SOUTH, has been optioned by a producer for a feature movie.

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Victoria Mosley

Posted in interviews, news, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?

Victoria Mosley

how would you describe what you do?

I’m a poet and novelist

what are you currently working on?

My 10th novel

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

My life

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

N/A

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

I work with words and music sometimes and ideas of all kinds ,,,,,,,,,,,I don’t see things in terms of strengths or weaknesses, I see my writing as a gift and I am happiest when writing .

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

Made research easier / made it easier for people to access my poetry

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Never give up and keep a journal write every day. Use the whole of life as inspiration and all the five senses

where can we find you online?

victoriamosley.com ………on google ………on FB ………twitter…………Amazon for my books

what are you reading at the moment?

Sebastian Faulks

what are you listening to at the moment?

Zero 7

anything else we should know?

No

Solange nicole

Posted in interviews, news, update, writing on February 5, 2013 by intoviews
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what is your name?
Solange nicole
how would you describe what you do?
I strive to open the hearts and minds of my readers in a way that forces them to explore what they choose to ignore in their every day life.
what are you currently working on?
I am working on a short story for the 7DS Books as well as the second Beloved book, and hopefully a third short story set in the fictional future.
what has had the greatest influence on your work?
Good question… My heart as cliché as it sounds it’s true. The depths of emotion that I try so hard to normalize through suppression comes bleeding out in every page and line.
what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
That my youth precedes any talent I have. My age and my perceived beauty feed into the prejudice that I have no authority over what I speak (or therefore write).
what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
Well as far as the vanity of a writer goes it is the allure of immortality through the written word. The downfall is that the past two generations have not been as captivated by literature with the increasing infection of modern technology.
how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
I wrote the beginning of Dreams of Poison (Beloved Series) on a tablet as well as having the painstaking obligation to put my writing in EPUB format. An upside though is that through the sensation of YouTube I have made book trailers and with Google I can be easily found with the right keywords.
what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
You can never have too much help. At the end of the day, you can’t do it all by yourself.
where can we find you online?
If you type in my name in Google you can find me. I’m on the social media networks, blogger, YouTube, book store sites, and Tumbler.
what are you reading at the moment?
In hardcover I’m reading Rachel Caine’s Bitter Blood, on audio book Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
what are you listening to at the moment?
Well, the Montell Jordan station on Pandora and Arabian and Indian music on cds.
anything else we should know?
I guess in the end, I strive to be acknowledged for more than just my literary work. I have my photography (Solange nicole Imaging), as well as my activism (Make A Change) and hopefully in the future people will come to appreciate my screen writing as well as acting and singing. I guess what I would like people to know is that I am ambitiously focused and there’s so much more to come.

Broadie Thornton

Posted in interviews, news, update, writing with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2013 by intoviews

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What is your name?

Broadie Thornton

How would you describe what you do?

I’ve always found this a somewhat bizarre question when an artist is on the other end of it. There are so many answers, you know? For the sake of being slightly less long-winded than usual, though, I’ll go with, “I explore possibilities great & small with words.” A less arrogant, FAR less pompous answer? I’m a writer. I’m a guy who looks forward to the day when I can live out the most far-fetched fantasies in my brain for a living.

What are you currently working on?

At the moment, I am working on what will hopefully transform into a proper novel one day-a thing called Power: That Ultimate Feeling. I see it as a mixture of Sci-Fi & Politics. Yeah, yeah, I know-TYPICAL stuff, but I am really rather loving the writing of it at the moment. This could change at any time, &, indeed, has, several times. I am also working on a short story collection–most of the stories within are based on life in my hometown, Goldsboro, NC called Bluefoot Insurrection Deux . I’m a history buff, so this roving thread of insane stories is chock FULL of cool little local history tidbits-a bit of what I am trying to do reaches over one hundred years into my hometown’s bizarre past. There are unexploded hydrogen bombs, witch doctors, canine solar systems, & insane asylums involved. See? Why WOULDN’T you read it? Lol. I’m having the time of my life writing it. Also, I’m obsessed with flash fiction right now.

What has had the greatest influence on your life?

Mainly, authors I’ve loved my whole life. Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Donald Goines, Diana Wynne Jones, Walter Mosley, Clive Barker, Rod Serling, Beverly Cleary (OH, YEAH!), Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Jerome Bixby, Toni Morrison, Alan Moore, Lorraine Hansberry, Ralph Ellison, as well as relatively new loves like Joe Hill, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Dennis Lehane, Christopher Priest, Roger Smith, John Lindqvist, George Gonzales, Kij Johnson, Ron Currie Jr., Jack Ketchum, & J.K. Rowling, just to name a few. Anyone who dares to do it “their way” inspires & attracts me. Also, I suppose it wouldn’t be right to answer this question without say my childhood, my family, my friends, experiences…you know…the biggies.

What is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

The greatest misconception about what I do-I’m going on what I’ve heard from readers over the years-is that it represents who I am to a fault, which isn’t so. Well, sometimes this is an assumption that comes pretty close to the truth, but more often than not, I’m doing the same thing most writers do; writing what interests me at the moment. The greatest misconception about me is that I like being wordy. I am not a man in love with his own voice; it just takes a longer route for me to get my point across as I see fit.

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

Well, the strengths & weaknesses of the medium I am STRIVING to live in full-time aren’t very easy to pinpoint, as they shift every few years, as far as I can tell, but again, for the sake of being less talky-The biggest weakness of the writer’s medium in this day & age are coercion tactics used on neophyte writers by more than a few of the more prominent publishing houses. “No need to be original or thought-provoking or YOU or fun or even marginally intelligent when it comes to this writing thing, my friend. Do what’s come before we gave your work a fighting chance & completely emulate every pop culture-driven thing that’s come before-we will take care of the rest…either this, or no published life for you, ese.” To any writer who works towards being published every day of the week, this is a HUGE weakness within the industry, as one must keep in mind the fact that we live in an age in which “self publish” is a very dirty phrase. Archaic, TOO simple, too eyes-on-the-prize, you know? Not many take the self-published seriously. Often, he or she is a pariah, cast outside of his or her world. All for want of being true to oneself. There are hoops within hoops within hoops within hoops when gone about the “right” way. To me, this isn’t at ALL attractive, & invokes about as much genuine hope as a Republican mind plague. The greatest strength? ANYTHING is possible when nerve, bravery, heart, & skill are applied.

How has technology impacted upon the work you do?

Well, there’s obviously the Interweb, which gives one a virtually endless audience. Never a bad thing. Also, the Interweb affords one ENDLESS advertisement space, totally free advertisement space. On top of this, on the more tactile side of things, typing is preferable to longhand to me. I know, stupid, but my hands are prone to agonizing cramps & you DID ask. There are literally THOUSANDS of ways my work has been impacted by technological growth, but I doubt me speaking about it any further would unearth any answers you’ve not read/heard before. Technology is GREAT for the modern writer. Heck, I may even E-publish a thing or two in the future.

What’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Listening to your readers is VERY important, as these people are essentially your everyday editors, people who are sometimes more reliable than the professionals. More honest. Another piece of advice? Be true to the storyteller you

In the end, you’re writing for yourself (not that you don’t desire an audience), which means comfort with yourself is absolutely necessary if you’re in it for the long haul. Do what makes YOU happy. Be open to learning new things, to improving…ALWAYS.

Where can we find you on line?

Mainly Facebook, under the name Broadie Thornton. WritersCafe.com, under Hawksmoor. There are blogs online that I’ve neglected, usually quite visible when Google is used.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m re-reading Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run again, as well as Pig Island, written by a FANTASTIC British author by the name of Mo Hayder. I’m also LOVING Chew, a comic written by John Layman & drawn by Rob Guillory. Whip-smart, achingly hilarious book.

What are you listening to at the moment?

All kinds of things, old & new. Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, Florence + The Machine’s Lungs, loads Enrique Iglesias stuff, ANYTHING by Cee Lo Green, plenty of Lenny Kravitz work, ABBA, Fleetwood Mac. Lots of different musical vibes has always been my thing.

Anything else we should know?

Well, I’m pretty insane. Is that a thing you’d like to know?

And Phoenix-like We Return

Posted in interviews, update with tags , , , , on February 4, 2013 by intoviews

It has been way too bloody long since the last time I posted something on this site. I have talked elsewhere of how much I love reading interviews. I think it is possible to learn just as much, if not more, from a good interview. I think this is born as much from the angle of approach as anything – the interviewer of the questions allow a filter through which the artist can express themselves freely without self-consciousness.

This is going to be a daily thing, so set your phasers to stun and turn up every day to read about the life and process of different creatives.

First interview goes live later today.

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