Welcome to the first day of Bad Moon Rising! Having been a fan of horror/paranormal/supernatural books and movies from a very young age (blame my dad for letting me watch some shows at a questionable age), I look forward to hosting this event every year. Today’s author is known for his wildly creative speculative fiction novels and is here today with his newest book that released this week! Many of us are familiar with Lizzie and the Hat, and The Ballad of Mrs. Molony is the third in the series. C.S. Boyack is in the house!
Thanks for having me back, Teri. I look forward to Bad Moon all year. October is kind of my month, and I enjoy learning about all the other author participants.
Seems like I’m always the one to break the rules, so I’ll try to follow them as best I can. It’s a lot of pressure being first. I’ll probably bend one or two, since my bio is a graphic.
We start off with some fun questions from Teri.
Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?
I choose the coffin. My bed is filled with my wife and I, along with two bulldogs. One night in a coffin might actually provide a decent night’s sleep.
Name three items you’d take to spend the night in a haunted house.
I suppose it depends upon the house, like are we talking a state of decay, or is there a decent couch? I’m just going to say, my iPad, my Remington side-by-side shotgun, and a six-pack of beer. (It’s still one item if the rings are attached.)
If you were in a horror movie, would you rather have a loaded gun or a car that wouldn’t break down?
That’s another loaded question. Depends upon the car. Do I get something like an original baby T-Bird out of the deal? Maybe a Shelby Cobra? Before you saddle me with an AMC Pacer, I’m going to go back to the shotgun I mentioned up above. I grew up outdoors and am familiar with firearms. Put me in a dark forest, give me that, and your horror antagonist might not be the scariest thing in the forest that night.
Teri also asked some authorly questions, so we’re doing those next.
If you had to give up snacks or drinks during writing sessions, which would be more difficult?
Drinks, for sure. I don’t snack when I’m writing, but I drink coffee almost constantly during the drafting phase. I’m pretty sure a lack of coffee would impair my abilities.
Which comes first for you – plot or characters?
This is a cool question, because the answer is neither. My Muse tends to deliver fully formed vignettes. They aren’t a plot, just a scene. They have characters, but not developed characters. It’s up to me to formulate the rest into something that looks like a story. Sometimes a few vignettes go into one story, sometimes it’s only one that leads to something.
What are you working on now?
I’ve been in promotional mode for months. I haven’t drafted a darned thing since early summer. That doesn’t mean I’ve been fallow by any means. I’m a storyboarder, and that’s my version of plotting. I’ve been working on about seven boards during this time. The main focus will be concluding the Lanternfish trilogy once I start drafting again this winter. I also want to have another story about Lizzie and the hat for Halloween next year. I have three boards for their stories and counting, so they aren’t going away any time soon.
That clunky segue, leads me into the next part of this post. The cover and blurb for one book to be featured.
I’m writing this in early September, but if all goes well, this is my announcement post. The Ballad of Mrs. Molony should be live on Amazon today. (This might be where I’m bending the rules a bit.) I’m writing this blurb for the first time here, so it might change before the post goes live.
Lizzie and the hat are back, and this time they’re chasing vampires across a subculture of America. A pair of rodeo cowboys are holding a woman captive to use as a milk cow since they joined the undead.
The person who put them onto the trail is also a vampire, but he has to be the worst vampire in history. Is he really that pitiful, or is he setting a trap for our heroes? Does the woman even exist? Can Lizzie and the hat find her before she also takes up blood sucking?
Follow Lizzie and the hat as they use their cover band to stalk vamps across the country music scene.
The Hat series consists of short novels designed for a long afternoon. They are paranormal themed, and full of dark humor.
Book One, The Hat. (Might do a free day to kick this off. Stay tuned.)
Book Two, Viral Blues.
Book Three, The Ballad of Mrs. Molony. 99¢ for a short time.