#BadMoonRising: The Gate (Astral Conspiracy #1) by D.L. Cross #sciencefiction #aliens

If you love the idea of an Indiana Jones-like character caught up in the midst of an alien invasion, add The Gate to your TBR.  I  just finished it a few weeks ago, and I’m chomping at the bit for the next book in the series.  This author would choose to join the Ghostbusters over the X-Files team, and I agree wholeheartedly with her logic.  Welcome Staci Troilo (writing as D.L. Cross)!

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

I’d definitely prefer the graveyard. Go ahead and call me weird (it wouldn’t be the first time—or the last), but when I was a kid, I used to walk up to the cemetery and hang out there. The setting (surrounded by woods with lots of trees spaced throughout) was beautiful, and I found it peaceful. And I got to visit departed family members. (No, I don’t think that’s the only place to talk to the dead, but I do feel close to them when I’m at their gravesites.) Besides, it’s got to be easier to run from a ghost across open land than up rickety stairs in a dilapidated house, right? (And don’t get me started on how stupid people are to run UP steps when they’re being chased.)

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

As much as I love wolves, I’m going to have to go with vampire. They’re in control of when they turn, they have no health issues, and they never get old. (I feel every one of my years right now, and several more I haven’t earned yet!) I’m not even convinced daylight would be a problem, as there are stories where it’s not (Vampire Diaries rings, The Originals, the ridiculous sparkly vampires…).

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

I have to go with Ghostbusters on this one. As much as I love sci-fi and the X-Files, the Ghostbusters have more fun. (And if it’s the reboot—which I hated—I’d get to work with Chris Hemsworth, so… not really a question at that point, is 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?

Absolutely Italy. There’s so much history there (which factors into many of my stories) and I’ve always wanted to go. The food, the culture, the scenery, extended family… what’s not to love? It wasn’t even a question I needed to ponder.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I’ve got several works in various stages. It’s kind of daunting. I never used to work on more than one project at a time. Now, I have several going at once. And I like it that way. It keeps me from getting bored.

Next year, under pen names, I have 13 works scheduled for publication. They’re currently under various stages of completion, from barely-a-concept all the way through formatted-and-ready-for-publication. I’m also doing (or at least trying) NaNo this year, and if all goes well, I’ll have at least one title to publish as Staci Troilo in 2020.

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

Here’s an odd twist for you—I think writing men is easier than writing women. This is a time when Ivory Tower Princesses don’t need Knights in Shining Armor. Today’s heroine needs to don her own shield, wield her own weapon, and not only save herself, but save the man and everybody else. She’s a difficult character to write. Too soft, readers call her TDTL or a simpering b!#@%. Too hard, readers complain she’s cold and unrelatable. I think achieving the right balance in a female character is much more difficult than writing a well-developed male character.

He lost his job. Lost his girl. Now it’s all he can do not to lose his life.

Landon Thorne is a disgraced archaeologist, a laughing stock in his field because of his unconventional beliefs — he’s an ancient astronaut theorist. No one takes him seriously.

Until an alien armada targets Earth.

Now Landon’s in high demand — by the US government and someone far more sinister.

They race across two continents to the Gate of the Gods, the one place on Earth that might give humans an advantage over the aliens. But no one is prepared for what they’ll find.

And not everyone will make it out alive.

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Staci Troilo writes because she has hundreds of stories in her head. She publishes because people told her she should share them. She’s a multi-genre author whose love for writing is only surpassed by her love for family and friends, and that relationship-centric focus is featured in her work.

 

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#BadMoonRising: Perception (Apparition Investigations #1) by Eliza Lainn #paranormal #supernatural

Well – it’s a dreary Monday, and the weekend is over.  But I guarantee your day will be made brighter after reading the interview with today’s author.  Find out why she’d prefer to be chased around the Overlook Hotel by Jack Torrance than go back to high school prom.  Make sure to check out her book, which asks the question, “Can ghosts be haunted?”  Welcome Eliza Lainn!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Hmm, this is a tough one, but I think I’d rather be a vampire.  I hate physical pain and my bones breaking, snapping, transforming every full moon?  Not about that.  At all.  Plus, vampires get to wear capes and I love the badass feeling of walking with a cape billowing out behind you.

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

I’d rather spend a night in the Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance.  Both are utterly terrifying but having to relive a high school prom on top of Carrie being angry?  No thank you.  I’d rather run around chased by a crazy, hotel-possessed man than face teenage angst again.

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

Ghostbusters.  Hands down.  I’ve wanted one of those snazzy jumpsuits and a Proton Pack since I was a child.  And the car?  Yesssss.  And then there are the coworkers—I love working with funny people.  Who wouldn’t love to crack snarky jokes with comedians while battling malicious ghosts?

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

Getting the voice right.  I have guy friends, and we talk, but I also have a sinking suspicion they interact amongst themselves differently when girls aren’t present.  So, I second guess myself every time I’m writing a scene between just male characters because I’m worried their voices aren’t genuine.

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

I love playing video games, story-driven ones especially (I know, shocking, right?).  Final Fantasy, Bravely Default, Persona—JRPGs really.  If I’m not doing those, I’m playing board games with my friends or goofing off with my dog.

What are you working on now? 

Right now, I’m working on a thief-centered YA fantasy.  It’s been an idea for years, just rattling around in my noggin, and even though I should be focusing on finishing out the Apparition Investigation series, this idea has latched on and won’t let go.

“It reminds me of Meg Cabot’s Mediator series…but with two ghosts…and psychics…and serial killers.” – Candice, Review

As far as apartments go, roommates Stella and Charlotte “Bronte” believe theirs to be just fine.  Sure, they hate taking the stairs up to the third floor, especially after grocery shopping.  And yes, the apartment staff could be a bit nicer.  All things considered though, it’s not a bad place to live.

Then they realize it’s haunted.

Which isn’t all that bad, really.  Cyril and Oliver are polite, charming, and respectful.  Sure, they have to get used to seeing shadows in the corner of their eyes or hearing voices whispering from out of nowhere.  But at least there aren’t cockroaches in the kitchen and the neighbors aren’t loud.

Things seem positively hunky-dory.  Until Oliver and Cyril begin seeing shadows, hearing growls.  Then all four are left wondering: can ghosts be haunted themselves?

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Eliza Lainn is the author of the Apparition Investigation series.  She loves fantastical stories full of magic, mayhem, and monsters, though she’s been known to read through some science fiction now and again.  She has an unhealthy obsession with billowing coats, can’t throw a battle axe to save her life, and daydreams constantly about what it would be like to have superpowers.  When not writing, she’s probably losing at a new board game against her brother or going for meandering walks around her Texas town.

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#BadMoonRising: Vinnie the Vegetarian Zombie by Victoria Zigler #childrensbooks

During Bad Moon Rising, I also love to feature books for the younger crowd or those young at heart.  If you’re a regular at this blog, you know I’m a zombie fan (The Walking Dead season premiere is tonight!!!).  But suppose you’re a zombie who doesn’t eat meat?  Read today’s featured book by Victoria Zigler and find out how Vinnie deals with that particular situation.  Welcome Tori!

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

I’d rather spend the night in a haunted house, abandoned or otherwise.

I’ve lived in houses that are haunted, and not lost any sleep over it, but I find graveyards creepy, even in the daytime.  I’ve felt that way ever since I was a child, when we went to one to do headstone rubbings – by “we” I mean my entire class at school – and one of the boys grabbed my ankle while I was leaning over a grave to do a rubbing of its headstone.  I was about nine years old.  I had nightmares for several days after that, and I don’t think I ever fully got over it, since I still find graveyards more frightening than haunted buildings.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Despite my being vegan, I’d have to say definitely a werewolf.  Or some other kind of were creature.

For one thing, though I read a lot of vampire fiction, I like shifters more.  For another thing, I know what blood loss feels like, so am not in a hurry to either experience it myself again as a hungry vampire, or inflict it on another person.

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

 Oh, the X-Files team for sure!

First of all, X-Files is way better than Ghostbusters anyhow.  So there!

Secondly, the X-Files team gets to investigate all kinds of strange things, while the Ghostbusters are all about just ghosts.  I think it would be much more interesting to be part of the X-Files.  Scarier sometimes, sure.  But more interesting.

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?

Scotland sounds good to me.

I’m not too sure what I’d write, but I’d love to spend some time near Loch Ness, and it would be a good excuse to stay there for a while.  Then I could go check out some of the castles afterwards, and explore the Scottish highlands.

Plus, I need to go to John o’ Groats, since I’ve been to Land’s End in Cornwall, and they say if you’ve been to both, you’re allowed to say you explored the UK from one end to the other, and it would be cool to be able to say that.

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

My mascot is my Westie boy, Castellan Keroberous – Kero for short.

Kero went over the rainbow bridge a little over five years ago, but he was special to me, and I use the publisher name “Keroberous Publishing” in his honour.  I also still consider him to be my author mascot, even though he’s no longer with us.  So much so, that I refuse to change my profile photos on my website, because they include him, and my official profile photo – used everywhere else – doesn’t.

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

I’ve got some as yet unpublished poems written towards my next poetry collection, and about six stories I started during those times when I needed to write something, but couldn’t focus on the story I was meant to be working on.

This is actually unusual for me.  Not the poetry part, or even the fact I have more stories started, but the amount I have started… I don’t usually have more than about three on the go at any given time, including my main work in progress, but ended up with about seven.  Um… Oops.

Sorry, but… No.  I’m not telling you about any of them.  None are far enough along for me to be ready to talk about them yet.  You’ll have to wait and see.

At least, having FINALLY completed my pirate themed adventure story, “Voyage Of The Crimson Sail” – which will be available for purchase by the time this goes live – I’m now free to focus my attention on those other projects.

In fact, by the time you’re reading this, I will have hopefully made some progress with whichever of those I decided to pick as my new main work in progress.  If I don’t get too dis… Ooohhh… Shiny!

When Vinnie the zombie smashes his way in to the fruit and vegetable shop where six year old Annie is waiting in hiding for her Mother to come back for her, Annie isn’t sure what to do.  But Vinnie isn’t like other zombies.  A vegetarian in life, it looks like Vinnie may also be one in death, and it may not be Annie who’s in danger after all.

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Bio

Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby and furkids.  Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world.  She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.

To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the future.  She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio.  She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

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Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
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#BadMoonRising: Flicker by Len Boswell #paranormal #mystery

A story about a haunted diner with strange goings-on?  Ghosts with murderous intentions?  I’d totally read that.  And it’s what today’s author is here to share with us.  That and the X-Files script he wrote and sent in.  Welcome Len Boswell!

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

Being abducted by aliens sounds like the best choice. A little travel, a little probing, maybe a meal or a snack, with the bonus of missing time and maybe a strange tattoo. A serial killer? Sounds too stressful and final. At least with aliens there might be a chance.

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

I’ve been to a haunted insane asylum in West Virginia, and as creepy as it was, the alternative sounds much scarier and much more deadly.

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

I’m totally in the tank for Scully, so definitely X-Files. Again, aliens sound more interesting than ghosts. And I once wrote an episode of X-Files and sent it in for consideration. I’d been commuting over a bridge that had an accident almost every day. I thought, maybe the bridge is occupied by a troll, so the episode had Scully and Mulder in a battle of wits and traffic jams with a troll. Unfortunately, I sent in my episode just as the show was being cancelled. The tyranny of timing.

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?

New Zealand speaks to me, cries out to me. I can’t imagine a better setting for a thriller, mystery, or fantasy.

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

A rat terrier, because my own rat terrier, Cinder, sits behind me on my office chair, performing duties as muse each morning as I write.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a memoir of my father called Unboxing Raymond. When my sister died a couple of months ago, my nieces came upon a box marked “Ray Boswell’s treasure box.” There was more than a hundred items in the box, many of which immediately evoked memories of my father and the events of his and our family’s lives. Each chapter involves pulling an item out of the treasure box and writing about its meaning. I’m hoping to finish the manuscript in October.

Flicker is a modern-day ghost story set in a haunted diner. When Charlie Brace buys, refurbishes, and opens a diner that’s been up on blocks for many years, he gets much more than he bargained for, from neon signs that flicker insanely, to a quirky staff, to odd customers, to an even stranger hobo-philosopher who picks through his dumpster while lecturing him on the moon and mythology, to the amorous advances of the previous owner’s widow, to a mysterious mother and child who appear at the diner one morning carrying steaming baskets of pies that are, in a word, charmed, to the appearance of ghosts with murderous intentions.

Are the mother and child ghosts or do they just bake great pies? What about Charlie’s head waitress, who dresses like a woman from the 1950s and spouts diner lingo no one has used in years? What about the man in the dumpster? What about the widow, who seems to be holding back about her husband’s death? And what about the customers, who grow anxious and impatient whenever the pie runs out? Who exactly are the ghosts, why are they haunting the diner, and why do they want to kill Charlie?

“One part Kurt Vonnegut, another part Carl Hiaasen . . . Len Boswell is a quirky, off-kilter, and very talented novelist.” — Michael P. Hartnett, author, The Blue Rat

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Len Boswell is the author of nine books, including Flicker: A Paranormal Mystery, Skeleton: A Bare Bones Mystery, Stick Figures, Santa Takes a Tumble, The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels, Barnum’s Angel (2020), and his ongoing Simon Grave mystery series: A Grave Misunderstanding, Simon Grave and the Curious Incident of the Cat in the Daytime, and Simon Grave and the Drone of the Basque Orvilles (2020). He lives in the mountains of West Virginia with his wife, Ruth, and their two dogs, Shadow and Cinder.

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#BadMoonRising: At Daddy’s Hands by Jacob Paul Patchen #thriller #suspense

If this is your first day dropping by Bad Moon Rising, you’ve missed some entertaining conversations over the past few days along with new books and authors.  And here’s another.  Today we welcome Jacob Paul Patchen with At Daddy’s Hands, which was a #1 Amazon New Release just a month ago!

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

Aliens.  So that I finally know the truth… and make a few suggestions on who they should take next.

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

Woods with a killer on the loose. Mostly because that’s my playground, and they should fear my magic sticks and rocky mud pies.

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

X-Files. I think it would be more interesting investigating a bunch of weird phenomenon than dealing with apparitions that can walk through walls.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers?

When I enrolled at Muskingum University, it wasn’t to get a degree, it was to play football. Matter of fact, playing football again was my biggest goal after returning from my deployment to Iraq in 2005. But after total reconstructive knee surgery my freshman year, they made me pick a major. Luckily, I chose English.

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

Even in my 30’s I still try to pretend that I’m an athlete. I work out, run, stay active, play sports, and complain about all of it. I watch a lot of movies, think of excuses NOT to go to work, and daydream about what life would be like if I was a little bit taller.

Also, I nap. A lot.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently in the “pre-planning” stages of my next book. Basically, that means that I’ve done a lot of thinking about it, but no actual work.

But I do hope to start it before the end of the year. It will be a book about PTSD, love, and catastrophe. It doesn’t have a title yet, but I can see a few characters shuffling around aimlessly in my head waiting for me to give them the go-ahead and be.

In public, Jim Handler is a well-respected, small-town hero, and homicide detective who solved the case of the Will’s Creek Massacre. But at home, in the shadows, Jim’s childhood demons come alive to feast upon his family in the form of sexual, physical, and mental abuse.

But his three teenage children have had enough. They have devised a plan for redemption.

Empowered by the legal system’s lack of accountability, a judge who offers a quiet and meager plea deal to save face, Jim feels enabled to do whatever he wants to his family. With no one to keep Jim in check, this cycle of sexual and physical abuse is rampant. It is up to Nikki, Tyler, and Ally to end the evil that is devouring the Handler family.

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Jacob Graham, writing as Jacob Paul Patchen, is an Ohio writer who earns his inspiration through experience. He uses a unique voice of wit and grit to write about social issues, such as family, love, humor, learning, and war. Jacob is a 5-star author of several books in various genres, an award winning poet, and a combat veteran.

 

 

 

 

#BadMoonRising: Buried by Sue Rovens #thriller #suspense

If you’ve been here for Bad Moon Rising the past few years, Sue Rovens is a familiar name.  She’s here today with her newest release, Buried, where strange things are afoot in the cemetery.  Sue is also looking for authors to feature on her blog for Meet and Greet – her contact info is below.

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

Honestly, I’d prefer neither. BUT, if forced to make a decision, I would probably rather walk through a graveyard instead of spending the night in a haunted house. The walk would be faster (although I’d probably run). Plus, I tend to think of graveyards as more sad places than scary. Having said that, there have been some movies which have pushed that boundary for sure!

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

Well, since I don’t believe in aliens (and DO believe in serial killers), I would have to go with being abducted by aliens since that is the least likely to actually happen. J

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

Again, neither! But, I suppose locked in an insane asylum. Being lost in the woods with a killer after would most certainly not end well as I’m not very comfortable in the woods. Plus…woods = spiders.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers?

That instead of having horror/gory/creepy things around my office at work (and my house), I have pictures of animals and cute things. I kind of live in a dichotomy – having written horror yet preferring to be surrounded by adorable photos of elephant shrews and baby ducks.

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

I actually find writing female characters more difficult. I don’t see myself as the “average female” (whatever that means anymore – society had fairly specific definitions and expectations when I was growing up).

I don’t have kids. I don’t wear make-up. I’ve spent a great deal of years involved in once was thought of as “mostly guy activities” (martial arts, ROTC, weight lifting, etc). I understand that things have/are evolving now so gender divisions are more fluid.

Having said that, I still feel like I might sway a little bit toward stereotyping a few of my female characters. I don’t mean to and I try to make a conscious effort to have all manner of personalities included in my books, but it can be difficult when something has been so ingrained in one’s thinking over so many years.

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

Naps are good.

I also run a few times a week, lift weights, watch movies, hang out with Charlie (my better half), listen to music, fuss around our new house, try to get our old house sold (anyone want to buy a tri-level in Normal, Illinois?), look for venues to sell my books, and play with our two kitties. (other than working full-time at ISU)

I would also like to add, if I may, that I have a section of my blog dedicated to authors of ALL genres and would welcome anyone to get in touch with me through email if they would like a spot in my Meet & Greet (author interview) Section.

Priscilla Wyatt is a single, middle-aged nursing assistant who lives behind Sommerville Funeral Home. When her dachshund, Weenie, returns home with a ghastly find, Pris’s life starts to spiral out of control, plummeting her headfirst into the macabre.

Gerald Zenith, proprietor of Sommerville, couldn’t care less about the dead. Between running scams and keeping a necrophiliac subordinate in check, Gerald’s hands are full. He hasn’t the time nor the interest to be concerned with what is happening in the cemetery during the wee hours of the mornings…until all hell breaks loose.

Some secrets are too big to stay buried.

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Fresh from a Publisher’s Weekly starred review of her second novel, Track 9, which follows a newlywed couple trapped in a haunted train station in Germany, Sue was already in the midst of fine-tuning her third book, Buried. Fans are already discovering the suspenseful secrets behind this latest tome which came out earlier this year from Plump Toad Press.

Sue also has two collections of short stories, one of which made a splash of its own. Her story “Coming Over” from In a Corner, Darkly: Volume One, was taken and adapted by the Southern Illinois University theater department and turned into a short film.

Last year, Sue branched out and created Tales of Terror: Live!—a multi-media event held at Nightshop in Bloomington, Illinois. The three-hour spectacular featured speakers, podcasters, a music DJ, authors, and ghost hunters – entertaining a full-capacity crowd for the Halloween season. Tales of Terror: Live #2! is coming in 2020.

Sue, who is a current member of The Chicago Writers Association and The Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi), has written for (the now defunct) e-zines, Machinations into Madness and The Grim Seer Society. She has also been a contributing author on Golden Linings II: More Tiny Tales about Pets, for Pets, which came out last month (July 2019), and wrote the article “Planning for a Successful Book Fair” for ALLi.

Aside from working full time at Illinois State University, Sue has had the opportunity to showcase her books throughout the Midwest.

Sue hosts a blog where you can purchase all her books, read interviews from over 115 authors representing several different genres, and discover some other artists in the entertainment field.

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#BadMoonRising: The Boy Who Loved Horses by Joseph Carrabis #thriller #shortstory

It’s day two of Bad Moon Rising, and today we’re welcoming one of my publisher siblings, Joseph Carrabis.  Read on to discover why he thinks he’s part werewolf and is waiting for aliens to take him home.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

In the realm of TMI, I’ve been confused with a black bear when I take my shirt off (I’m a bit of a chia pet from the neck down), so I have the werewolf aspect covered, me thinks.

But a vampire? Dracula is the personification of evil because he’s so pitiable. Imagine a creature so driven by a hunger so strong it can never rest. Business owners know these creatures as investors and venture capitalists. I have such a character (vampiric, although not for blood) in my Empty Sky novel. Fun to write, not fun to be.

Okay, I’ll go with werewolf. I’m already half-way there. What the heck. Go for it.

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

People always ask me if I came on the mothership and I don’t like cornflakes (although not so much as to harm them) so I’ll go with the alien abduction. It’d be nice to go home after all these years.

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

Ghostbusters (original). Much better music.

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

I’ve studied aboriginal cultures world-wide and regardless of culture, location, ethnic basis, racial basis, mythic depictation, any of the standard concepts of self-identity, they all tell me I carry strong teacher and storyteller/storykeeper medicine/magic with my female energy being storyteller/storykeeper and my male energy teacher. Restricting ourselves to aboriginal North America, that would pretty much be spider (GrandMother Spirit) and Wolf (GrandFather Spirit). The personifications may change, the energies don’t. Or haven’t yet, anyway.

There’s lots more involved in such things and that’s a good place to start.

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

A question for the mathematicians in your audience; Which is greater, Infinity or (Infinity + 1)?

Unpublished is easier. I have lots of work completed, submitted to editors, et cetera, and not yet published – 300+.

Now we ask, “How many of those are half-finished?” and I’ll include “rough draft” in “half-finished”. Maybe another 900+.

So 300+ and 900+. Infinity or (Infinity + 1).

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

Asking them out for a date. I get enough rejection from editors and such.

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

Wait a second…”not writing”? What is “not writing”?

What are you working on now?

Improving my storycrafting and storytelling.

What if…
You’re born and raised Hill
but got City educated and now
you drivin’ a big state issue
Buick back into Hill ’cause
you gonna show them you
something else?
And
what if one town you drive
through’s got secrets it don’t
want nobody to know?
And
what if you plan to tell City
those secrets and those
secrets got they own idea
who you gonna tell?

Buy Links

The Boy Who Loved Horses – http://nlb.pub/Horses
Pretty much everything else – http://nlb.pub/amazon

Bio

Joseph Carrabis’ short fiction has been nominated for both Nebula (Cymodoce, May ‘95 Tomorrow Magazine) and Pushcart (The Weight, Nov ‘95 The Granite Review). His most recent novel, The Augmented Man, is available on AmazonBarnes&Noble, directly from the publisher, Black Rose Writing, and most online booksellers. His short fiction has recently appeared in Across the MarginparAbnormalThe New Accelerator, and later this year in HDP and Piker Press.

Joseph holds patents covering mathematics, anthropology, neuroscience, and linguistics. His time is spent loving his wife, playing with his dog and cat, flying kites bigger than most cars, cooking for friends and family, playing and listening to music, and studying anything and everything he believes will help his writing.

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