#BadMoonRising Thanks You!

Bad Moon Rising had over 4K views as of yesterday, and most of the credit goes to everyone who shared on social media, spread the word to friends, mumbled in their sleep about it, grabbed random strangers on the street and forced them to listen – you get the picture.  So many of you dropped by to read, comment, and support the authors who participated, and your efforts are deeply appreciated.  I love hosting Bad Moon every year, but couldn’t do it alone, so big thank you hugs go out to all of you.  We’ll do it again next year!

I’m diving into the NaNoWriMo pool today, so lots of luck to everyone participating!

#BadMoonRising: Lost on the Water – A Ghost Story by D.G. Driver #YA #ghoststory #supernatural

Happy Halloween!  We come to the final day of Bad Moon Rising where we’ve debated the pros and cons of vampires versus werewolves, Jack versus Carrie, aliens versus serial killers, and many other harrowing situations, while also discovering new authors and books.

Today’s author has already spent the night in a haunted hotel and says while it was spooky, she’d go for it again.  I’ve read her featured book (how awesomely eerie is that cover?), and it’s likely to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.  Even better, it’s also on sale until until November 8th – so what’s stopping you from curling up with this supernatural tale tonight?  Welcome D.G. Driver!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house? 

I have spent the night in a haunted hotel before on a ghost hunt. While thrilling, it was definitely spooky. So, I think I’ll go for the haunted house, hoping that it has fewer ghosts to hide from and outrun than the haunted graveyard.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Oh, I definitely choose vampire. Werewolves are messy and never remember what they’ve done. Plus, it seems like it hurts a lot turning into a werewolf. Vampires can be classy, if they choose to, and they can pick their victims and whether or not they’re going to drink them to death or not.

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Well, I was a teen in the 80s, so this isn’t a real question. Ha ha! I remember rushing home from school to see Thriller the first time on MTV. My theater friends and I danced to it around the track in the Homecoming parade one year. It will always be the best Halloween song.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

When I was a teenager, I started writing a very Indiana Jones inspired story set in Hawaii, dealing with Hawaiian mythology. The story was probably awful, but I could get into living in Hawaii for a year and coming up with something interesting. Maybe another mermaid book.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

The cover for Lost on the Water – A Ghost Story is my favorite. I think my designer, Caroline Andrus, who does all the covers of my books with Fire and Ice YA Books, really captured the tone and feel of the story. I like the greenish/gray tone of it, too. We went back and forth a few times until she nailed it.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Ooh, let me think about this. I wrote 3 full-length novels (1 horror, 2 fantasy) back in the 90s that I abandoned. I have 2 middle grade historical novels that were published in 1999/2001 by a tiny press that quickly went out of business. I have 3 more middle grade novels that are complete. I have some hope for one of them, but the others will probably never be published. I have a play that was produced but hasn’t been published. I also wrote a couple screenplays, and I’m considering turning at least one of them into a novel at some point.

One girl’s daring adventure turns into a long frightful night lost on the water.

Forced to leave the California beach behind to spend the summer with her grandma in rural Tennessee, Dannie is certain this will be the most boring summer of her life. Things start looking up when a group of local kids, mistaking her short hair and boyish figure, invite her on their ‘no girls allowed’ overnight kayaking trip. Obviously, her grandma refuses to let her go. But Dannie suspects the real reason is that the woman is afraid of the lake, only she won’t tell Dannie why.

Longing for freedom and adventure, Dannie finds an old rowboat hidden behind the shed and sneaks off on her own to catch up to her new friends. It seems like a simple solution … until everything goes wrong.

Dannie soon discovers this lake is more than just vast. It’s full of danger, family secrets, and ghosts.

Purchase Link

Lost on the Water – A Ghost Story is discounted to $2.99 through November 8th for Halloween season. (I believe by the time this post comes out it will have been transferred to Kindle Unlimited.)

https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Water-D-G-Driver-ebook/dp/B07F983SKT

in print http://www.lulu.com/shop/d-g-driver/lost-on-the-water/paperback/product-23691615.html

Bio

D.G. Driver is an optimist at heart, and that’s why she likes to write about young people making an impact on the world. You’ll find among her books a teen environmental activist, a young girl teaching people about autism acceptance and to stop bullying people with special needs, a princess who wants to be more than a prize for a prince, a boy who wins a girl’s heart by being genuine and chivalrous, and a girl who bravely searches for a friend lost along the shore of a dark lake. She is an award-winning author of books for teens and tweens, but you’ll find some romance and horror stories published in anthologies, too. When Driver isn’t writing, she’s a teacher at an inclusive child development program in Nashville, TN. She might also take a break from writing once in a while to strut the stage in a local theater production. You’re guaranteed to find her belting out Broadway show tunes anytime she’s driving. Learn more about her books at www.dgdriver.com

Social Media

www.facebook.com/donnagdriver
Twitter: @DGDriverAuthor
Instagram: @d_g_driver
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/d-g-driver
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7867013.D_G_Driver

#BadMoonRising: Ritual by Steve Stred #horror #occult #novella

Today’s author is petrified of the woods in the middle of the night – so naturally, that’s the setting of many of his books.  Maybe that’s one way to conquer your fears?  Welcome Steve Stred!

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

X-Files 100%. I absolutely love the show and I’d want to know all of the cool conspiracy theory stuff. I love watching alien related stuff or reading about it. I really hope we someday can answer the question – “Are we alone?” I personally think the answer is no, and I’d love to see that be correct. Unless of course we only find out because they’ve come to destroy our planet!

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

This question actually made the rounds on Twitter recently. I’ll take a haunted insane asylum any day of the week over the woods. If you’ve read any of my stuff, you’ll know my connection to the woods. I’d rather do some urban exploration with some ghosts or ghouls than dealing with a killer, bears, wolves, cougars, werewolves or Bigfoot any day of the week.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Another easy one. Abducted by aliens. Chances are you’re going to live and it’s highly likely that you’ll not remember much of it until a bright light gets flashed in your eyes or something triggers your experience. A serial killer, at the least, the very least, is going to remove a bunch of your body. So you’ll be scarred, maimed and in pain for the rest of your life. More likely though, they’ll kill you.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

I chose this question because of how difficult it is. I’ve been blessed to have some really, really awesome covers. But I think I need to go with my latest collection release ‘The Night Crawls In.’ Aesthetically, it’s pretty much me as a writer. I’ve worked with Mason McDonald on a dozen covers now. We have this connection that is just outstanding. We met through Twitter and hit it off and have become great friends, so I think that helps. We’re both Canadian, like the same bands, books etc. So I can send him an idea and he’ll get something back that’s spot on. With ‘The Night Crawls In’ it has this amazing forest scene, but if you look closer you’ll see that the cover is made out of boards, almost like an old cabin in the woods has been torn down and repurposed and painted on. Just love it.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

I have so many releases out that are set in the woods, and I’m petrified of the woods in the middle of the night, but I’d have to suggest somewhere wooded that had a staggering amount of Bigfoot sightings/reports. I’ve been intrigued about Sasquatches since I was a small child, so I’d love to take the time and hike into the wilderness in the Pacific North West and live there as one with nature.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Too many! The ones I can talk about – unpublished; Piece of Me (coming Dec 2019), Scott, The One That Knows No Fear, The Window in the Ground (all coming 2020). Then I have four other works on the go that I’d like to try and get out next year but we’ll see. I typically have between 5 and 10 in some form at any given time!

Meet Brad.

A quiet, hardworking man who goes about his daily routine with joy.
He works as a telemarketer, trying this best to sell poorly made, over-priced products to the unsuspecting people on the other end of the phone.

Brad doesn’t mind though, its a means to an end.

Life’s about to change for Brad. Now that Father has anointed him the Chosen one, the one to open the gates and allow them to flock into the Black Heavens.

Eternity awaits.

But is Brad ready to perform on the big day?

“’Ritual’ is a fast and thrilling dive into the depraved mind of a man and his dogma. It draws you into the horrors of a mysterious cult, and doesn’t let go until the very last page. I loved this story.” -Sonora Taylor, author of “Without Condition” and “Little Paranoias: Stories”

Purchase Link

Amazon

Bio

Steve Stred writes dark, bleak horror fiction.

Steve is the author of the novels Invisible & The Stranger, the novellas The Girl Who Hid in the Trees, Wagon Buddy, Yuri and Jane: the 816 Chronicles and two collections of short stories; Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick, and the dark poetry collection Dim the Sun.

On September 1st, 2019 his second collection of dark poetry and drabbles called The Night Crawls In will arrive. This release was specifically created to help fund the 1st Annual LOHF Writers Grant.

Steve is also a voracious reader, reviewing everything he reads and submitting the majority of his reviews to be featured on Kendall Reviews.

Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog OJ.

Social Media

Website: stevestredauthor.wordpress.com
Instagram: /stevestred
Twitter: twitter.com/stevestred
Facebook: facebook.com/groups/SteveStredReadersGroup/

#BadMoonRising: Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind #childrensbooks #ghosts

Today’s author brings a book (a whole series!) for the younger crowd.  I think her spirit animal describes her perfectly, and these questions may have sparked ideas for two more books.  Welcome Darlene Foster!

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Although Thriller is a great song, I prefer dancing to Monster Mash. It’s from my youth and makes me think of high school dances and all the fun we had. Whenever I hear it, especially around Halloween, I always bop around the house, much to hubby’s embarrassment. I love the line, “Tell them Boris sent you.”

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Aliens for sure. They wouldn’t be quite as scary, at least I don’t think so. I imagine they would be friendly and not want to do me harm. They would probably just want to get to know me and how I functioned. I love making new friends from other parts of the world, or in this case, the universe.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Now that’s a hard question. I guess I would rather be part of the Ghostbuster’s team as they would be fun. Any team that includes Bill Murray would be a great team to be part of.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

What a great question. After thinking long and hard, I have decided I would pick Australia. Amanda would love it there and I would so enjoy doing research in that fascinating country. I might also take a trip over to New Zealand since I’m already in that part of the world. Gosh, then I would have material for two books! I’m so excited just thinking about it.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I would chose the hummingbird as it symbolizes enjoyment of life and lightness of being. Things I have learned about the hummingbird as a spirit animal fit with me. Things like, adaptability and resiliency while keeping a playful and optimistic outlook, independence, resiliency and being able to travel great distances tirelessly. A hummingbird is small in size but capable of amazing feats. A hummingbird is a perfect spirit animal for me.

What are you working on now?

I just released Amanda in Holland – Missing in Action, book seven of the series. In the delightful country of Holland, Amanda searches for a missing gardener, rare tulip bulbs, a home for an abandoned puppy, and clues as to why her great-uncle didn’t return from the Second World War. Is she capable of finding these missing things without putting herself in danger?

I also have just completed the first draft of Amanda in Malta – The Sleeping Lady. Leah is in trouble so Amanda flies to Malta with Caleb and his family to help her. The island country is steeped in ancient history, unique buildings and even a fascinating movie set. Amanda is determined to find out who is shooting protected birds and to solve the mystery of the sleeping lady. Next project is to edit this book.

Amanda might be off to France next, but that’s a secret.

Thank you so much for having me participate in Bad Moon Rising once again. It is always so much fun. Happy Halloween everybody! I guess I better get out my Ghostbusters costume and bogey to the Monster Mash as I prepare for my trip down under.

Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several fellow creative students. She shares a room with Cleo, an anxious classmate who insists she sees ghosts. Determined to prove there is no such thing, Amanda can’t seem to shake the feeling that something or someone is watching her.

Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb, as they visit a rugged and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past.

Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere she goes?

Purchase Links

Amazon

Bio

Darlene Foster, a long-time dreamer and tale spinner, created the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky Amanda Ross, a twelve-year-old Canadian girl who loves to travel. All ages enjoy following Amanda as she encounters the unknown and unravels one mystery after another in unique destinations. Darlene, an avid traveller herself, divides her time between Canada’s west coast and the Spanish Costa Blanca with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes that dreams do come true.

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarleneFosterWriter/
Twitter:  @supermegawoman
Instagram: @darlene6490
Website: http://www.darlenefoster.ca/
Blog: https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3156908.Darlene_Foster
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/DarleneFoster/e/B003XGQPHA/

#BadMoonRising: The Shadow Keepers by Marisa Noelle #YA #horror #paranormal

If you read about a string of mysterious disappearances or grisly deaths at a beach or in Canada – but on only one night a month – this author could be the cause.  Welcome YA horror writer Marisa Noelle!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Wow – this is a tough one. I always thought I’d go vampire, that live forever stuff etc etc. But when I really sat down to think about it, I think I’d go werewolf. Although the “change” is reported to be painful and you spend one night a month as a victim to the moon and tearing through flesh, at least it’s only one night a month. With a vampire, you have to be that every day. Never go outside during the day, never go the beach – and I love the beach and the ocean. So I’m going werewolf, where for the other 29/30 days of the month I’d be able to live a relatively normal life. I hope!

Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?

An equally tough question as I’m such a Stephen King fan. But I think I’d go a night in The Overlook Hotel. It’s always been one of my favorite horror movies. And while it might not be the safest choice, I’d love to get a look at the Overlook up close, meet those spooky twins and maybe have the guts to peer into room 217. Although I think being chased around a maze by a mad man with an axe might not be so fun! And hey,  I think the chances are better than being locked in a room with a murderous telekinetic!

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Aliens. Definitely aliens. If you’re abducted by a serial killer you know what they’re going to do. I’d hope, as I was whizzed away in whatever spaceship, that the aliens might be friendly or only want to take a sample of my blood, or something. I can hold on to that hope, right?

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

There are two landscapes that I adore. I’d either want to be on the beach or cliff top overlooking the beach and ocean. I don’t want a road or boardwalk between me and the house. Beach, beach, beach. With one of those terracotta pots by the front porch filled with water to dip your sandy feet into before entering the house. And a master bedroom with a balcony and wide French Doors and flimsy white curtains that whisper in the breeze. Yup – that’s me.

Or, and this comes in a close second. A log cabin in a pine forest on a lake. Think Canadian landscape, but I’m not sure I could take the cold winters.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Dolphin. I adore the ocean and it’s power and it follows that my favorite animal would be a dolphin. I love how friendly they are, how smart they are and that they intervene in shark attacks. They’re used in mental health recovery and for those with physical disabilities. They are brave and fearless and fun-loving – all the things I want to be!

What are you working on now?

I am working on a YA horror about 4 girls who win a vacation to a remote tropical island after they finish school. It’s a multi POV and each of them have a secret to hide. When a storm hits the island and they are unable to evacuate, they are faced with terrifying monsters that crawl out of the ocean who want to claim one of them as their new queen. The storm will not abate until they have what they want so the girls must figure out how to fight, or who will be sacrificed.

Sixteen-year-old Georgia Boone has seen the shadow creatures in mirrors and other reflective surfaces since she was six-years-old. But no one–not even her brother, the person she’s closest to in the entire world–believes her. She is all alone in the hellish world where crow-like creatures hunting her everywhere she goes.
When an afternoon of shopping ends in violence and blood, Georgia is sent to the UK’s most prestigious mental health hospitals: Brookwood Hospital. There, she’s forced to face her fears and answer the question: Are the shadows real, or is this all in her head?

At Brookwood, the shadow creatures are more present than ever and are getting stronger every day. Only with the help of a mysterious boy who lives inside the mirror world might she be able to prove that she’s not hallucinating and stop the shadows from destroying the human world.

Purchase Links

Amazon USA: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=the+shadow+keepers+marisa+noelle&i=stripbooks-intl-ship&refresh=1&ref=glow_cls

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-shadow-keepers/marisa-noelle/9781733103701

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-shadow-keepers-marisa-noelle/1131780200

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Shadow-Keepers-Marisa-Noelle/9781733103701?ref=grid-view&qid=1561380197691&sr=1-2

Bio

Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health. The Shadow Keepers is her first novel. The Unadjusteds is due out in November 2019 & The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep in Spring 2020. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children.

Social Media

Twitter & Insta: @MarisaNoelle77

Website: www.MarisaNoelle.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarisaNoelle77

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18305427.Marisa_Noelle

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marisa-noelle-blagden-807b31a4/

#BadMoonRising: Saving Hascal’s Horrors by Laura Smith #ghosts #supernatural #middlegrade

Hanging out in a haunted graveyard or spending the night in a haunted house?  This author has no problem with either – she’s done both.  And if the Ghostbusters need a new recruit?  She’s ready – already has the proton pack.  Welcome Laura Smith!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’ve actually walked through a haunted graveyard at midnight, and it didn’t really phase me. Cemeteries are pretty peaceful places at any time of day, and as long as your intentions are innocent, nothing should bother you.

I’ve also spent the night in old, eerie houses and even once slept over in a church as a kid which was pretty creepy, but as a horror fan, it’s also exciting. It’s everyday life that scares me, and having other people around me who are afraid of the paranormal always makes me feel braver not only to face a potentially scary situation but also to come out of my shell in response to that adrenaline rush that you get from being scared.

Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?

While I’d love to experience the isolation of staying in a hotel during a blizzard, I’d be more in my element around Carrie. I feel like she would leave me alone, and I’d either be able to stop her from getting drenched in pig’s blood or at least get out of there before she freaks out. Also, Carrie is my favorite Stephen King book so that alone gets my vote.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Definitely the Ghostbusters. I watched both movies religiously as a kid, and my brother, sisters, and I had toy proton packs that we would use to play Ghostbusters while the cartoon played in the background. So, I feel like I’m really practiced in the art of busting ghosts. I’ve also never seen an episode of the X-Files. So, it was an easy choice.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

Saving Hascal’s Horrors is easily my favorite cover. I drew the image myself and chose the font. It’s not perfect, but it’s personal, and each silhouette perfectly represents each of the main characters in the story.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to read, watch movies, draw, exercise, garden, watch YouTube videos, shop, and spend time with my family. I’m never bored. There are always projects or activities in progress in or around my house, and this year, I’ve taken on so many writing gigs, including starting my own blog, that there’s always writing to do. If I could freeze time or add more waking hours to my day, I would, but I always finish what I start.

What are you working on now?

In terms of novels, I’m working on a trilogy about a little girl who gets super powers after losing her eyesight in one eye in a freak accident. The series has a strong anti-bullying message. Each character is bullied for a different reason, and it’s populated with my most diverse cast yet. Two books in the series are finished. The first is in the process of being submitted to agents and publishers, the second is in the editing process, and the third is still being written. I’m determined to get this series traditionally published, even if it’s just by a small, independent press, but I’m still proud to be called an indie author.

Ten-year-old Mike Hascal loves horror movies. His family owns a horror-themed shop that his sister, Julie, inherited from their dad who died when Mike was only two. Before his death, the shop held a contest to see who could find and photograph a real live ghost. Two teenage boys went into some nearby woods looking to win this contest. One of the boys, Shawn Mackey, never made it out of the woods. Shawn’s father, a teacher at Mike’s school, then forced the Hascal family to close their shop to the public.

When Mike finds out about this, he and his friends, along with his new friend and horror movie lover, Freddy Nickerman, spend the summer planning a search for Shawn’s body in the now forbidden woods. Will Mike and his friends make it out and save the shop, or will the ghost of Shawn Mackey keep them from leaving too?

Purchase Links

Amazon

Bio

Laura Smith is an author, blogger, and freelance writer from Pittsburgh, PA. She has self-published three middle grade books, writes book reviews for LitPick, reviews movies for HorrorScreams VideoVault, and blogs for HubPages and her own personal blog. She is a life long horror fan, and her love of the genre led her to write her second novel, Saving Hascal’s Horrors, which is an homage to both the kid-friendly and adult horror books and movies that she devoured growing up. When she’s not writing, she’s usually watching movies, drawing, gardening, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Social Media

Blog: https://laurasbooksandblogs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurasmithauthor
Twitter: @lsmith335
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/lsmith335
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#BadMoonRising: Binge Killer by Chris Bauer #thriller #darkhumor

Today’s author discusses Lon Chaney, Jr., Animal from The Muppets (a personal fav), Keith Moon, and how he’s unsure if he scarred his daughter for life more by letting her watch an alien abduction movie or sending her to school with a new haircut by a untrained stylist (himself).  Welcome Chris Bauer!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Always liked Lon Chaney Jr., the first film werewolf I can remember (The Wolf Man, then he reprised this role in two succeeding movies). He, and werewolves in general, suit me more because they are chaos personified, and I find them more sympathetic as characters. I suppose I’ve missed the boat about liking vampires, probably because there’s more romance and sexual tension with them that uses up story space that IMO could be better utilized with raw animal power, and their mayhem is more controlled than a werewolf’s. I suppose I prefer brute force to finesse in my writing as well as my reading. Think of Animal, Jim Henson’s wild Muppet rock drummer: absolute chaos, barely controlled. When my bad guy and gal antiheroes go bad (Randall Burton of BINGE KILLER; Larinda “Church Hammer” Jordan of JANE’S BABY, others) I want them to go berserk, and they do. I’ll throw in another drummer reference: the (very) late rocker Keith Moon of The Who, dead at 32 in 1978. He would have made a great werewolf based on his drumming style—a whirlwind of mayhem—and could well have been Jim Henson’s model for Animal. Just listen to Moon’s performance on “My Generation,” a 60s hit with an incredibly bombastic drum solo as a climax for the song. He was the personification of the raw animal energy that oozed from his arms, hands, and fingertips, shredding his drums just like a werewolf shredding a victim in the forest. (I dunno where this drummer shit came from either, but that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.)

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Serial Killer. Those aliens and their prober thingees scare me more than serial killers. Assuming I would get the choice of what kind of serial killer, as in someone who is not into torture, a serial killer will simply kill you and move on to his/her next victim. The act of killing, it seems to me, is what drives them, not torture, in real life and in my fiction, with them wanting to see the life drain from their victims before their very eyes. But aliens… let me tell you a true story about aliens (yeah, I know that sounds kind of off). Fire in the Sky, a 1993 movie about the “true” 1975 alien abduction of Travis Walton, an Arizona logger, was a movie I really wanted to see. PG13 rating. I made the mistake of letting my daughter, age 11, watch the at-home movie rental with me. There’s a (spoiler alert) very intense alien probing scenes at the end. Cringe-worthy, don’t-stick-that-thing-in-there kind of stuff. When she asked me if this had really happened, I went with the answer “Well, I don’t know, the person who was abducted thought it happened to him…” Wrong answer, oh misguided father. TO THIS DAY she says seeing that movie scarred her. Such a parenting fail. Another fail: Cutting my 3-year-old daughter’s hair with a pair of craft scissors just before taking her to nursery school. That, too, was a sad, sad day…

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Loved Ghostbusters, but I’m not-not afraid of no ghosts, and I do so want to know “what’s out there” even at the risk of getting probed, so the X-Files team is a better choice. I mean, c’mon, people, in all those billion-trillion-gazillion years of time before us, in all those solar systems, to think that nothing biological ever lived, like, anywhere, at any time during that time, do you think that’s reasonable? That’s not working for me. Let’s go find ’em and let’s probe ’em, ’cause they been doing the same to us for eons and eons, or so said Travis Walton, right? Frankly, the single most devastating, and liberating, news story of all time would be the discovery of life, past or present, on another planet. It would obsolete so much of the ongoing discourse about country, culture, crime, religion, politics, military, etc., that make our headlines daily. Besides, I think naming a character “Fox” was a bold statement when you created that team, you hear me, producer Chris Carter?

“Fox.” I might try to get that scarred-for-life daughter of mine to name our newest grandchild after him, due date October 31.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Complementing the four published novels and a fifth due for publication 2020, I have two completed novels that are unpublished. One is the first novel I wrote, with no training wheels, no short stories under my belt, no experience, all guts, no skills, and ultimately no sale. THE RABBIT, STILLED will probably never see the light of day because it needs a massive rewrite. It’s a contemporary novel dealing with the home and work family dynamics of a hostile corporate takeover, and the potential of a coast-to-coast relocation. I have trouble fitting it into a genre; maybe contemporary suspense? The suspense comes from the questions will they or won’t they, and how do powerless employees manage to retain some control over their lives when they clearly have very little control over their shorter-term futures. Maybe one day I’ll take another look at it; it’s been twenty years since I competed it. The second is a horror novel titled HOP, SKIP, JUMP that I will shop again at some point. It’s a horrific yet touching, redemptive tale of reincarnation, channeling, and what might happen if a person returned to a place and time where she was needed the most. I love the novel because it was cathartic for me to write it, modeling one character after my wife, who never knew her mother because she died in an auto accident when my wife was an infant. It is a classic supernatural horror novel, but it did this body good to take these characters through this heartache while the horror unfolds.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

All of it is difficult. As a male author I need to pretend that I know how female characters, either as protagonists or acquaintances, think, act, love, hate, fight, emote, react, and even do basic things like eat, drink, and toilet. So how do I handle this? I use what I’ve learned from living with six females over the years (wife, two daughters, four female doggies), which means I’m pretty much only slightly less clueless than a guy who’s been single his whole life. So after I frequently embarrass myself on the page, I do have beta readers and peers tell me where I did hit the mark versus where I shit the bed. Trust me, I need to change the sheets a lot. As if that’s not enough punishment, to ratchet up the challenge I’m also transcending all barriers by trying to capture what it is like to be a transsexual character in the novel I will be looking to place next year. In AMERICA IS A GUN I have a prominent character who is female but identifies as male and starts the physical transition, which is interrupted when he’s convicted of multiple murders by a DA with political ambitions in a trumped-up case, which sends him to a women’s prison. After many years of incarceration that include large chunks of solitary confinement the guilty verdict is overturned, he’s freed, and he wants revenge against the people who put him there, so he goes about the business of acquiring guns toward that end. In this case it will be absolutely necessary for me to utilize sensitivity readers, considering I plan, and need, to show this character in a sympathetic yet compromised light, such that there won’t be any piling on against this already marginalized group of people.

What are you working on now?

Two WIP novels. HER TWELVE LETTER ALPHABET (a work in progress title, strong possibility it will change) is due for submission 2/1/20 to Severn River Publishing and will be published mid-to-late 2020. It’s the second Philo Trout thriller in my Blessid Trauma crime scene cleaners series following HIDING AMONG THE DEAD, released May 2019. The title refers to the twelve-letter native Hawai‘ian language alphabet, and it takes place, where else, on the Hawai‘ian Islands. Organ trafficking, bare knuckles boxing, crime scenes with gore: all will make it into the new novel similar to what was in the first in the series, plus visits to an island that is stuck in the nineteenth century, for better or worse, because of its private citizen ownership since 1864. Its present day setting is based on the real life Hawai‘ian island of Ni‘ihau, which, while not widely known, played a prominent and amazing yet infamous role in WWII.

The second WIP novel, AMERICA IS A GUN, another crime thriller, follows behind JANE’S BABY, my political crime thriller about a present day assault on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, released June 2018, the audiobook released August 2019. My protagonists from JANE’S BABY are back to deal with the sensitive topic of gun control and gun rights organizations. I might need to go to an overseas publisher for this one, considering how sensitive this topic is in the US, but it’s a novel I really want to get out there. So far one Australian publisher with a US reach said they’d give it a read when it’s complete in late 2020, no guarantee of publication, of course. (I wish more US publishers would take more chances. Large pubbers or Indies, if you have an interest, let me know.) As you might know, Australia has a very robust gun control policy. Readers should know that the novel does have a bias, but it is not against gun ownership or the Second Amendment, it’s a push for more reasonable gun ownership laws, and my gun-owner protagonists have a unique way of addressing the issue.

Okay, that does it for me. Thanks, everybody. Enjoy your Halloween.

A female bounty hunter tracks a maniacal killer to a town in rural Pennsylvania.

A town with its own dark secret…

A NEO-NOIR THRILLER FILLED WITH CRIME, DRAMA, AND SPRINKLES OF DARK COMEDY. FOR FANS OF FARGO AND BREAKING BAD.

Counsel Fungo is a unique woman. An experienced bounty hunter, she’s very good at her job. You don’t have to ask. She’ll tell you. Officially, her two canine companions are her therapy dogs. Unofficially, she considers them to be her partners. Counsel has suffered intense loss and was once the victim of a horrible crime. But now these experiences drive her unquenchable thirst for justice. And she’ll do anything to stop criminals from preying on the vulnerable.

Randall Burton is a serial killer and a rapist. Diagnosed with a terminal disease, he has jumped bail and intends to go out in a blaze of glory. He heads to sleepy Rancor, Pennsylvania, named one of the “Safest Towns in America,” for one last, depraved, hurrah. A quiet town tucked away in the Poconos, its citizens are mostly widowers, bowlers, and bingo players. Mostly.

There’s a reason no one in Rancor has reported a major crime in the past 50 years. And neither Counsel nor the killer are quite ready for what this town has in store…

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BINGE KILLER: https://tinyurl.com/BINGE-KILLER
HIDING AMONG THE DEAD, a Blessid Trauma Thriller: https://amzn.to/2IQ15JE
JANE’S BABY: http://amzn.to/2FUKT5j
SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD: https://tinyurl.com/SOTFOG

Bio

“The thing I write will be the thing I write.”

Chris is a brute force novelist (BINGE KILLER, HIDING AMONG THE DEAD, JANE’S BABY, SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD) who wouldn’t trade his northeast Philly upbringing of street sports played on blacktop and concrete, fistfights, brick and stone row houses, and twelve years of well-intentioned Catholic school discipline for a Philadelphia minute (think New York minute but more fickle and less forgiving). Chris has had some lengthy stops as an adult in Michigan and Connecticut, now lives in Doylestown, PA, and he thinks Pittsburgh is a great city even though some of his fictional characters do not. He still does most of his own stunts, and he once passed for Chip Douglas of My Three Sons TV fame on a Wildwood, NJ boardwalk. He’s a member of International Thriller Writers, and his work has been recognized by the National Writers Association, the Writers Room of Bucks County (PA), and the Maryland Writers Association. Oh, and he likes the pie more than the turkey.

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