Thursday, September 17, 2015

Savvy Authors Summer Symposium!

Yep, yours truly will be sharing her experiences with DIY publishing

DIY Collections and Anthologies, with April Grey
Do you have what it takes to put together your own collection of short stories? How about the editorial chops to create an anthology to promote your work and your favorite writers’ work. It's not for everyone and it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. Let's investigate whether this sort of promotion could work for you!

Also, on Sunday, September 20th from 1 to 2 pm EST I'll be chatting about this topic.

Hope you can join me!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Exciting News!

You remember my novella, Perdita? I put the first chapter down below. Well, I expanded it to a full novel called Finding Perdita and it will be coming out from Damnation Books.

Fairy Tales can come true, it can happen to you...Run fast!

Down on her luck and out-of-work, actress Cindy White's life changes -- and not for the better! -- when her roommate kicks her out. Landing in new digs in an old Chelsea tenement Cindy discovers a tunnel from the building's basement that leads to the land of Perdita.

Perdita is a place she'd thought her father had made up in the fairy tales he'd once told her. It is a dangerous, ruined land of fairies, demons and captives -- like her father, whom she thought was dead. In Finding Perdita, a dark fantasy, a young woman discovers her true self and must align it with the old in leaving the world she knows behind in an effort to free her father. 

Anyway I don't yet have a cover reveal so I'll use the picture I created for the novella.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

April Grey at Times Scare

I'll be reading my short story "I'll Love You Forever, But..." from my collection of that name at the HWA NYC chapter.

Night Terrors at Times Scare Kill Bar, Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m.,
The roster for this night of readings is now full!

  • Daniel Braum and James Chambers will be hosting and asking trivia questions.
  • Reading in the first set will be Marc Abbott, Amy Grech, Teel James Glenn, Alp Beck, and Robert Masterson.
  • Reading in the second set will be April Grey, Oliver Baer, Trevor Firetog, Kathleen Scheiner, and Steven Van Patten. 
  • Marc Abbot will be showing two of his short films.
The very generous folks at the Kill Bar, a cabaret style bar attached to the Times Scare haunted house attraction, have agreed to let us host this event.

Hope you can join me there!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2015 Stoker Awards and World Horror Con

I had a terrific time at the Stokers and at the WHC. The panels were excellent, in fact, too good because then you'd have to choose between two or three panels happening all at once.  And then there was exhaustion and just needing to take a break.

Of course, the Atlanta Marriott where we were staying was a bit weird.

Sort of like being inside a leviathan. You can see its spine and ribs. The elevator made me queasy as it rushed up and down the spine.

And what better break than an absolutely wonderful indoor-outdoor pool?

I also had a great time at the Dead Dog Party, and let's not forget the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading. I read my short story, I'll Love You Forever, But... while the other Broads read from novels.

I was missing my DH and DS the whole time, but I wasn't missing the housework I came home to.

Well, it's off to the Steampunk World's Faire in a couple of days.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chasing The Trickster Reboot

Murphy's law. My laptop dies just as I release the Amazon version of Trickster. typing this on a 5 year old iPad--doesn't  time fly? Oh well, happy about getting it done.

Chasing the Trickster

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Welcome to 2015!

Oh wow, where did 2014 go?  It's like I just woke up and here we are in 2015.

Last I remember it was September. My son was doing college applications all summer for admission to college this spring. (He got in at City College-Hooray!)

October went by in a storm of activity with me at the HWA table at NY Comic Con, and then heading off to the Stanley Writers Retreat in Colorado. On the last day of October I formatted the e-book version of Perdita (my latest urban fantasy novel)...

Then I fell off a cliff. The virus I had fought all October got the upper hand and in November it was bed rest and oblivion. I managed to survive Thanksgiving, but that's about all I did that month. The rights for Chasing the Trickster came back to me but I did little to prepare for it's re-release.

DS was getting ready for college in December while I prepped for Christmas.

And now it's over. I survived the holidays and am finally coming out of my long stupor.
I need to get all my little duckies in or row (more like herding cats).  

There's Chasing the Trickster to be re-released in e-book and print. It's sequel, St. Nick's Favor, needs to be released in print. Perdita and it's sequel, Return to Perdita also need to be proofread and sent out into the world.

Then I can get back to writing. I have endings that need to be written for two very patient novellas, and there is a WIP novel, for which I received editorial notes last year, that needs to be re-written.

So, welcome 2015, my plate is loaded.

How is your year shaping up?

 PS. Thinking of the above for the new cover to Chasing the Trickster. Feedback welcome!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat

Yesterday I arrived in Colorado and spent the night in Estes Park at the Silver Moon Inn.

Today I'm at The Stanley Hotel, sharing a room with two other horror writers. Time to get down to writing. I've set a 1,800 word daily goal.

I'm going to try and meet my goals but with such amazing views it's difficult to believe that I'll be able to tune out my surroundings and get down to work. Crossing fingers.

I guess the place that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining should be able to inspire me, then again, isn't inspiration overrated. Writing is a matter of doing, sittting down and writing, then inspiration comes.

This morning I woke up at the Silver Moon and there was a weird sound coming from outside. It was like the whistle of a whale song. I looked through the window. Elk, a whole herd of them. Milling about across the stream from the inn. Some called to each other, most were grazing on shrubs and bushes. It was the most amazing and magical sight.

I took some pictures.
Unfortunately the sun was at a weird angle so they are partial in shadow. I'll have to work on them later.

It was magical but hasn't brought any ideas to mind for dark fiction.

Then again, the clerk at the inn and I were chatting about the flood that happened in Estes Park last year.

Estes Park gets major flooding every decade or so. This most recent flood had uncovered objects that were covered up by mud in past floods. A few cars circa 1980's showed up. The people in charged warned the search crews to be respectful of any vehicles revealed because there could be dead bodies in them.

Wow. How's that for dark inspiration?

For over twenty years I've visited a town in the Catskills called Fleischmann's. A couple of years back they had their own flood. Part of a motel floated down the stream by the raging water and wound up in the backyard of the B&B we always stay at.  An elderly woman who was a holocaust survivor drowned.

But that's the makings of another story...

Tonight there will be readings by members of the Writers Retreat of their own works at the Estes Park Library. I'll be with them.

Do you know of any dark tales involving a mountain flood? Share it here.

Also, just a few more days for my October specials--see below.