August 21, 2017

Suanne Kim — A Haunting Of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author Suanne Kim takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, “Objects in Motion,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”). Blurb: The last fours years have been difficult for Miles. In a stroke of luck, he finds love under the most unlikely circumstances–while rescuing strangers in a subway station. Mattie is everything he’s ever wanted: witty, beautiful, intelligent. Or is she? What inspired you to write this story? I had no intention of submitting. I was engrossed working on my novel, “Prism.” […]
August 16, 2017

Laura Ings Self – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author Laura Ings Self takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, “Home,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”): Synopsis: After losing the love of her life in a car accident, Nicky can’t bring herself to leave the flat they shared together. She is convinced she still sees flashes of her lost love, but lately, the sightings are becoming less frequent. What inspired me to write this? I find the best ideas come when I’m not looking for them. I was focusing on […]
August 11, 2017

Dawn Taylor – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author Dawn Taylor takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, “Pepe,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”):   Blurb: Diane accepts an internship at a law firm. Shortly after settling into her new apartment, a clown appears under her bed disturbing her sleep. Who is he? What does he want? Will Diane have the strength to conquer her tormentor before he destroys her sanity? What inspired you to write this story? I have always had a fear of clowns. They emit […]
August 9, 2017

Patricia Stover – A Haunting Of Words (AHOW) author interview

Today author Patricia Stover takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, “Plastic Boy,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”). Blurb: After the death of her husband, Linda struggles to keep her difficult son happy. When he insists on a strange toy castle for his birthday, she watches her son’s defiance grow into an obsession with terrifying results. What inspired you to write this story? It was just one of those things that pop into your head when daydreaming I guess. I can’t […]
August 7, 2017

Brian Paone – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Blurb for “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys)”: A disenchanted-youth ghost story, with a cat named Bonnie, a restraining order, lovers on the rocks, and a hanging teenager, swinging from the trees near the train tracks by the lake.   What inspired you to write this story? It’s a rock-fiction adaptation of Porcupine Tree’s “Fear of a Blank Planet” concept album. How long have you been writing? I wrote my first story, “The Night is Young,” in 1988 but, my first novel, “Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts,” wasn’t published until 2007. What genres do you most associate […]
August 3, 2017

K.N. Johnson – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today we have the tenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – K.N. Johnson. Featured along side my “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor,” hers is a haunting and musical tale following two families across time. Title: The Blue Amberol Turns Again Blurb: Two families, two eras, one house, and one haunted music cylinder. Does it foretell the future or just replay the past? What inspired you to write this story? I love to roam antique shops. In a particularly cool shop in Louisville, KY, I discovered loads of phonographs, including an old Amberola and a box of dusty cylinders. […]
July 31, 2017

Fjorgyn: The Deep Below release announcement

I’m pleased to announce the release of book two in the Fjorgyn series: The Deep Below. After a hair-raising flight from Elatha, Michael and his allies find themselves holed up in a remote region in Fjorgyn, surrounded by potential enemies. They must rid themselves of the threat of an unfriendly horde of goblins while they discover the reasons behind a dire threat in the forested realm around them. They must do all this while feeling alone and abandoned in this harsh world. Although he wants nothing more to do with going underground and constantly fighting for his life, the threat […]
July 27, 2017

F.A. Fisher – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Interview

Not even halfway there with all of the interesting stories from the thirty or so stories contained within Scout Media’s “A Haunting of Words” short story anthology.  Todays is brought to you by F.A. Fisher, who penned his own story alone mine (“The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”): Title and synopsis/blurb of your AHOW story:   In “Fighting Sleep”, the new crib smells wrong to Ross. His parents won’t listen to him because he’s only four, but how can he protect his new sister from it all by himself? The truth is, he’s afraid the crib is haunted. He’s right. What inspired […]
July 24, 2017

Lauria Gardiner – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today’s author interview from A Haunting of Words is brought to you by Lauria Gardiner, author of “Thief”. Description: Luna Fiore promised to be with her twin sister, Cira, when she dies. Instead, Luna’s own death sends her on a journey through memories where she must explore her mother’s darkest secrets. Can Luna find the truth and make her way back to her twin before the thief in Cira’s head releases her? What inspired you to write this story? The song of the same name by the band Our Lady Peace. It’s always been one of my favourite songs by OLP […]
July 21, 2017

Lacrimosa’s Lament (LitRPG novel): The Anatomy of a Cover

When I first started writing with the intention of self-publishing, I must say I knew absolutely nothing about cover design and the importance covers play in selecting stories.  Then I scrolled through Amazon’s listings and realized one thing: there are a ton of shitty covers out there, some of them in the LitRPG space.  Like… people slapping text on a photo in MS paint and calling it a day.  I won’t share any of them, especially the LitRPG ones, because I don’t like talking smack about other authors — at least not on a public forum. I certainly was guilty […]
July 20, 2017

Today it’s my turn! Author Interview for “A Haunting of Words”

Read about my story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words Synopsis: “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor” follows a young ghost as he haunts his family’s mansion over the course of a century. What inspired you to write this story?: When I first read about the “Of Words” series, I thought it an interesting anthology concept.  The opportunity to be selected is what ultimately inspired me to create a story.  However, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor” was conceived when my husband and I went to a boutique hotel in Newport, RI for dinner.  The hotel […]
July 17, 2017

Amy Hunter – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today’s “A Haunting with Words” interview is with author Amy Hunter, creator of “Salted Ground”, one of thirty short stories available in the anthology. Title and synopsis/blurb of your AHOW story: Title: Salted Ground Blurb: Marley was convinced she had found happiness with Adam when he helped her escape an abusive relationship. When tragedy strikes, will she find hope or torment? What inspired you to write this story? One of the many things I struggle with is not knowing when to let go… of anything. Marley became sort of a hero to me. In the first paragraph, she salted the ground […]
July 13, 2017

Kari Holloway – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today’s author spot is with Kari Holloway, author of “Gunpowder & Wool”, a short story available in Scout Media’s “A Haunting of Words”. Title and synopsis/blurb of your AHOW story: Corporal Hulett greets the morning on the eve of battle, readying his men to march forth, but what comes through the ghostly fog of gunpowder and scattershot leaves him defending the merits of battle and the rights of brothers-in-arms. What inspired you to write this story? Where I am from, Andersonville Georgia is a staple from school field trips, national holiday activities, and the yearly reenactments honoring the men who […]
July 10, 2017

J.M. Ames – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today’s “A Haunting of Words” interview is with author J.M.Ames Title and synopsis/blurb of your story: Wendy flees from her abusive boyfriend, daughter in tow, to her families’ cabin in the woods, only to discover what is already residing there is far worse. Based on the Transpose song of the same name. What inspired you to write this story? The desire to write a disturbing tale about a haunting, coupled with the imagery captured by the lyrics of the song. How long have you been writing? Professionally, since January 2016. As a hobby, as far back as I can remember. […]
July 6, 2017

Travis West – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author Travis West takes over my page with a discussion about his short story, “It’s Not Okay, If It’s Not the End,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words (which also includes my brand new short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”): Synopsis: With the help of a late music icon, a newly deceased rock band embarks on a cross-country trip to help their drummer deliver a message to his ex-girlfriend. What inspired you to write this story? The punk band Rancid has a great song called “Ghost Band.” I heard it one day and knew that I […]
July 3, 2017

Lacrimosa: Upcoming standalone LitRPG novel

Because I am enjoying writing LitRPG so much, I’d like to take this moment to introduce my current work in progress (WIP): Lacrimosa. This novel will be around 75k-100k words and will be a standalone LitRPG story given that I need a short break between books two and three of the Fjorgyn series.  The LitRPG engine behind the game will be fundamentally different than Fjorgyn’s engine.  Here are some details about the model differences: Also, here is a quick preview of the fixed number of pre-selected classes players can choose during character creation: