Balticon 46!

I’ll be attending Balticon 46 this weekend in Hunt Valley, Maryland. I’ve been tapped to sit on several panels, and will also do readings from The Underground. If you’ve never been to a con, you’re really missing out. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re into writing, science, film, costuming, whatever. And, of course, there’s the dealers’ room. I’ve learned to stay out of there, lest I spend every cent I have on new books and other stuff I desperately want but desperately don’t need.

Just go to Balticon’s home page to get the 411, and come on down! You’ll be glad you did!

Monica Leonelle–The SocialPunk Blog Tour

As promised, here’s my interview of Monica Leonelle, author of SocialPunk, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble now. Let’s get into it!

Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire (http://proseonfire.com) and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit (http://proseonfire.com/free-writer-toolkit).

When did you discover or decide to become a writer?

Just a few years ago. But I also wanted to be one when I was a kid. I feel like I mostly write because I can’t help it. I love to write and that’s how I express myself, day in and day out. I can never understand how people want to be writers or authors when they don’t write. I always think, “Then why aren’t you writing every day?” I organically average at least 2,000 words a day writing. When I’m finishing up a manuscript, I average closer to 5,000 words a day. This is just what I do, so I never believe people who say they’re going to write something but just don’t have the time.

Is being a writer anything like you imagined it would be?

It’s hard, and no one imagines that. So I suppose that’s a yes. 🙂

Do you have any writing quirks or rituals?

While I do write all around the clock for my job, I get most of my fiction writing done in the wee hours… Continue reading

Finish Line!

Dewey’s Read-a-thon is officially over, and a wonderful time was had by all! I can’t wait until Read-a-thon October 2012…

Ash: Return of the Beast

What a great story–fast paced and exciting, right to the end. A series of bizarre murders leads FBI Special Agent Rowena Ravenwood and Lieutenant Brian Kane of the Seattle Police into a labyrinth of rock stars, ancient magick and the spirit of Aleister Crowley, whose goal is to unleash hell on Earth. Can they stop him in time?

One thing, though. What is it with e-books? I’ve never seen so many misspelled words and the like in my life. It’s really jarring and takes me right out of the story. It’s too bad, you know?

The Kindred Curse Anthology

The most interesting thing about The Kindred Curse Anthology is that it reads backwards. The first of five stories is set in the present, and the last story is set in 1886. The character that connects them is Xavier, a powerful vampire. The stories revolve around a family whose lineage includes blood that is especially craved by vampires. The stories chronicle their harrowing escapes (or not) from the night creatures who hunt them. I thought the book especially well written with an ear for language that made it flow.

Interview With Monica Leonelle

Hi, everybody. In the next few days, I’ll be interviewing Monica Leonelle, author of SocialPunk. Here’s the blurb:

Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.

I’ve read the book, and it is super. I look forward to sharing Monica’s insights with you. Until then…

The Underground Cover

Here’s the cover for The Underground. Pretty cool, huh? .4084469_Cover_Proof_3715152 (1)

Dewey’s Read-a-thon!

I’m participating in Dewey’s April 2012 Read-a-thon this year. What is it? Well, you read for 24 hours straight, or for as long as you can. It starts on April 21, 2012 at 8 AM East Coast time, and ends at 8 AM on the 22nd. This is great–an excuse to sit around and read all day without feeling guilty about procrastinating on all the chores that need to be done!

Here’s the link to sign up: http://24hourreadathon.com/2012/03/21/reader-sign-ups-are-here/

Happy reading!

Here She Is! Karina Fabian!

Hi, all!

Do I have goodies for you, today! As promised here’s our interview with the fab Karina Fabian, author of Live and Let Fly, her newest book coming out April 20, 2012. So let’s dive in!

Karina Fabian

1. Tell us about yourself–the part you tell everyone.

Official Bio Alert! Karina Fabian breathes fire, battles zombies with chainsaws and window cleaner, travels to the edge of the solar system to recover alien artifacts, and had been driven insane by psychic abilities. It’s what makes being an author such fun. She won the 2010 INDIE Award for best fantasy for Magic, Mensa and Mayhem (her first DragonEye, PI novel) and the Global E-Book Award for best horror for Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator. She’s an active member of Broad Universe and the Catholic Writers’ Guild, and teaches writing and marketing online. When not writing, she enjoys her family and swings a sword around in haidong gumbdo. Learn more at http://fabianspace.com

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved writing and telling stories, but I got serious in 1996, when I was a stay-home mom with toddlers. It was a way to escape, have some adult conversation, make a little money and have fun. I started mostly with non-fiction, and moved to fiction around 2003, when Rob made Major and we felt financially secure.

3. Is being a writer anything like you imagined it would be?

Yes and no. It’s as much fun as I’d hoped, but… Continue reading

Live and Let Fly!

Watch this space on Sunday, April 15th for an interview Karina Fabian and her guest post!