#BadMoonRising The Ballad of Mrs. Molony by C.S. Boyack #IndieAuthor #Paranormal

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.

92 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising The Ballad of Mrs. Molony by C.S. Boyack #IndieAuthor #Paranormal

  1. I LOVE Bad Moon Rising. And you’re starting off with a great guest, Teri. Thanks for doing this again.

    Craig, Lizzie and the hat look like the might have their hands full this time. And I really loved your answers to the questions. Great interview! Best wishes with your release.

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  2. What a great guest and a great book to kick off Bad Moon Rising. Let the spookiness begin!

    I’m excited about The Ballad of Mrs. Molony and am looking forward to another Lizzie and the Hat story. I already have this on my Kindle and waiting.

    Craig’s answers were highly entertaining. I loved the underlying humor throughout. Teri, thanks for bringing us another month of fun with Bad Moon Rising!

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      1. Right? We have one that likes to sleep on our heads and he moves from head to head through the night, then my heart (sweet orange tabby) likes to cuddle up in whatever bend he can find in my body. I feel trapped some nights. 🙀

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  3. Great post, Craig and Teri! I learned some new things. 1) A six-pack only counts as one item if the rings are still attached, and 2) if I’m ever alone in the dark woods, I hope Craig and his shotgun are somewhere nearby. I believe in ample protection, and it sounds like he’s got that covered. 😀

    I have Mrs. Malony and her Ballad awaiting me on my Kindle and am looking forward to both Viral Blues and this one. (I loved The Hat, and think it’s one of the most imaginative things I’ve read in a long time. Maybe second only to Grinders!)

    Thanks for a fun and entertaining start to Bad Moon Rising, you two! SO looking forward to each day’s guest, Teri! 🙂

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      1. Sounds like a PLAN to me, Craig! Lately, Amazon has been having trouble sending new books to my Kindle. I take that to mean there IS a limit to how much it will hold, so I have been removing some of the older books from the device to make room for more. But all three of your books are already there, so we’re good to go. 😀

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  4. How exciting! I loved all of your answers, Craig. I’m with you on the coffee! Can’t live without it! 🙂 Best wishes with the new Lizzie and The Hat release! Thank you for featuring Craig here today, Teri!

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  5. Fun interview and introduction, Teri, and congratulations to Craig. I love the Hat, and have enjoyed many of Craig’s adventurous and well-written stories. Great way to start the month of October, you two, thank you.

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  6. Cool kickoff; let the games begin!

    Question for C.S. Boyack: I’ve written for print, theatre, a little for radio/television/film, but I don’t believe I’ve ever used a storyboard. Are your storyboards physical boards, or do you do them on computer or something else?

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    1. Love the question, Alden. These days I use an app on my iPad. It works well, and allows me some freedom to customize my boards with images, pinned threads to connect plants & payoffs and more. I base mine around three act structure. I never have to buy index cards again, and they will expand if I decide to get wordy.

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  7. Congratulations on your new release, Craig! I loved the interview. Hilarious! My dog jumps up on the bed once in a while, he’s a 6 lb. Pomeranian and he hogs up the whole bed. I can’t imagine sleeping with 2 bull dogs. No wonder you’d choose the coffin. Phew! Super fun post, Teri! 😀

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  8. Hello Craig!

    Loved the post. So glad to see you kick off October. I’m closing it, so we’re like bookended together here. I must add you to my TBR… seen your blog and books on here for several years and we’ve chatted once or twice, but I plan to learn more this month while I’m slowing down for a bit.

    Great interview. We had some similar answers, and I think we’d both be able to survive that haunted house.


    P.S. Great job with the organization Teri – this is gonna be awesome!!!


  9. Reblogged this on yawattahosby and commented:
    Check out this blog if you love celebrating the spooky season! C.S. Boyack has a new book out called The Ballad of Mrs. Molony. If you love paranormal, the book is on sale for .99c!!!

    Keep smiling,

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  10. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Heads up, folks! It’s time for Bad Moon Rising! For the month of October, Teri Polen is featuring a different author each day, including some very interesting interview questions. I’ll be sharing the posts here as I’m able, and I hope you’ll drop by daily to check out the fun! This is yesterday’s post, featuring C. S. Boyack. Head on over to say hi. You’ll be glad you did.

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