Wednesday, April 17, 2019

An Interview With Stephen King

No, not THAT Stephen King. Sorry. But THIS Stephen King is a great guy and fellow Wild Rose Press author. His latest book is out and I thought it would be fun to get to know him better:

What is your writing style or schedule?
Well, the easy answer here is: every chance I get, but sadly that isn’t anywhere near as much as I’d like. So, I make time every morning because I work sixty hours a week, but then, there’s also family stuff too and writing is quite a selfish act. But these days, the thing that takes me away from writing new stuff most, is promoting the current releases. A necessary evil, and I love doing it, but I just wish there was twenty-eight hours in a day

Where do you actually write?
Mostly sitting at the dining table, which is in our family area. That way, in the evenings, while my wife, Jacqui is watching the TV I’m at least with her in the same room and can have conversations – even though sometimes I wish she would shush – don’t tell her that though.

Do you write linearly or not?
Hmmm, did I mention I left school at fifteen? LOL, if that question means what I think it means, yes. For me, when I have an idea, the only way I can explore it is to start writing. Sometimes it’s the most bizarre, random thought that pops into my head, and tries to escape. So, from that point I start writing and just let it flow. I never plan – especially an ending, I write my way towards it, and I find that then I want to find out what’s going to happen next. Then when I get to the end, then I self-edit like a madman, and that can mean major re-writes, changing the order of chapters etc etc. I have a saying which I will tell anyone who wants advice on writing: write from your heart, but edit with your head.

What sort of other activities keep you from actually writing?
We renovate houses, and at the moment, we are helping my son and daughter in law get their place finished and on the market. I also play poker twice a month, have done for years with the same group of guys and love it. Once a year I go game fishing for a week, and the rest of the time its family stuff. I’m blessed with grown up children who actually want to spend time with us – we must have got something right.

Do you have support, either from family and friends or a writing group?
I don’t have a writing group. I know it works for some people, but for me I begrudge the time. My eldest daughter from my first marriage has been a constant source of support, and the first person to read what I write. My wife doesn’t read anything I put out, but she is a great listener and patiently lets me bounce ideas off her. One memorable occasion I woke her at 4am to discuss an idea and she didn’t yell or throw something at me.

How long does it normally take you to write a novel?
Well it used to take much less time when I didn’t do any promotional work. That’s not a whine, I’m living my dream of being a published author, and with it comes the responsibility to my publisher for assisting in getting the word out there. It’s a crowded market place out there for authors. For me, probably four to six months to finish a first draft, then three months to do my minimum of five re-writes. The it’s into editing, another three months. It doesn’t happen overnight. I dream of when I can retire and so this full time.

Who or what are your inspirations?
Different for different books. Sometimes it’s a random thought, sometimes it’s a definitive idea, once it was a very vivid dream, and for Glimpse, The Beautiful Deaths it was a lady I met who offered me an idea for a killer at a time I was looking for one (not literally, of course). She asked me the question: “when is a serial killer not a serial killer?” And so, this book was born.

If there’s a single aspect to writing that really frustrates you, what is it?
Jennifer, I’m living proof that no matter how old you are you can achieve your dreams. There isn’t a single aspect of being a writer I don’t LOVE. I know it’s a cliché, but seriously I wonder if one day I won’t wake and realize it was all a dream.

Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
A bigger laptop, a desk facing a window that overlooks the ocean, a beach with palm trees, hand maidens peeling my grapes and keeping my coffee mug or wine glass – depending on the time of day- filled.

Tell me about your latest book. 
Glimpse, The Beautiful Deaths is book 2 of a trilogy that explores desires between two people who both have their own marital problems. They are thrust together to investigate three serial killers, and they are instantly attracted to each other. Do they, don’t they, should they? If they were single it would be a match made in heaven, but they aren’t.

The book itself brings our protagonists together for the second time to find a man who is addicted to beauty, because his life is far from that. He is a collector of beautiful things, but when he tries to capture a stunningly beautiful young woman, she ceases to be what she was when he abducted her, and she dies. So, after he grieves, he tries again, and again and is determined to keep going until he gets it right.

Do you have a favorite character and if so, who and why?
Patricia Holmes in this book is my all-time favorite character, and because it’s a trilogy I have around 300,000 words to explore her, and the man she is working with, Rick. She is beautiful, intelligent with two university master’s degrees, who shares his drive for using her intellect to catch serial murderers. She is at times funny, sexy, flirtatious, but other time gracious and deadly serious. She is the ideal character to create, and in many ways, I am so sad the trilogy is finished.

What are you working on now?
Haha, well its NOTHING like Glimpse. I wanted a break from deranged killers. It’s called Winter at the Light, and is a romantic thriller set on a lighthouse in 1952 when a 21-year-old woman looks after the light when her father is injured to save him from losing his job. 

After she falls for a man who is washed up on the shore in a lifeboat, two armed men come looking for him, and she discovers there is nowhere to hide on a lighthouse.

Glimpse, The Beautiful Deaths available on April 10that Amazon:

Rick McCoy of the Major Crime Squad is trying to repair his marriage when he is sent to the South of Western Australia. A young girl's body has been found in a cave, with flowers on her chest. A search finds five more bodies. 

Beautiful criminal psychologist, Patricia Holmes, has recovered from her stab wounds inflicted by the serial killer PPP, and is brought in. Pat believes they are hunting a man who is addicted to beauty. When another school girl goes missing, they have only days before she too will die. 

As their desire for each other grows and the pressure on their marriages increase, they close in on the man responsible for the beautiful deaths. Meanwhile, in the high-security wing of the mental health hospital, PPP plans his revenge on Rick.                                                                          

Stephen B King
Australian Author
Twitter: @StephenBKing1
Facebook: @stephenbkingauthor


Monday, April 15, 2019

My Take On Game of Thrones (No Spoilers)

I’m not your typical Game of Thrones fan. First of all, most people who know me are surprised that I enjoy it as much as I do.

There’s gore. I don’t do gore.

There are a million characters. I typically remember about three.

The plot is extensive. I get confused easily (ask my husband).

It’s fantasy. I tend to prefer romance or crime drama/mystery.

But I watched the first episode and I was hooked. I’ll fully admit I don’t watch the gore. The Red Wedding? I saw enough to see where it was going and closed my eyes for the rest. The Mountain? Yeah, again, didn’t watch it. I don’t need to see someone being mutilated, so I just go with, okay, another one is dead. Same result, better sleep.

The characters, though, are fantastic. They’re multilayered. Even the evil ones are relatable. The women are empowered. In fact, I’d even go so far to say that it’s a female-led show. Cersei is deliciously wicked and in control. Danaerys is an amazing leader—and she has dragons who listen to her! There are even children who command respect. And Arya? She has taken control of her life and come out on top, as has her sister, Sensa. And hey, look at that, I remembered more than three characters (although please forgive my spelling)!

The plot? Well, I’ll admit it confuses me. But I manage and it’s fascinating. It enables me to disappear into a different world. I love the ride and am thankful it’s not real life. But the creativity is amazing. The writers have done a phenomenal job taking the author’s vision and adapting it. I’ll admit I never read the books. At this point, I’m not going to bother. Again, their subject isn’t my typical favorite and since I’ve come so far in the TV series, and the series has gone off-book, I don’t see the point. But the story completely fascinates and absorbs me.

As for the fantasy? Well, these days I’m all in favor of being able to disappear into a world that isn’t my own, and to forget the craziness of the real world. And while the Game of Thrones world is definitely not one I’d like to live in, or even visit, I appreciate the creativity and the vision of both the book’s author and the screenwriters. It’s truly amazing.

And besides, there are DRAGONS!

So for all of you who have never watched it or read it, you might want to step out of your comfort zone and give it a try. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Welcome Karilyn Bentley!

Hi Jennifer! Thank you for having me on today! I'm excited to announce the fifth and final book in my Demon Huntress series, Devil Forget Me, is now out. The series has been a lot of fun to write so it's a little sad for me that Gin Crawford's story is finished. As the world's newest demon huntress, Gin has a lot to learn about the job. Luckily for her, the position comes with a sexy hot mage who doubles as her mentor. In Devil Forget Me she must solve the mystery of which demon is trying to take over her employer, The Agency.

Here's the blurb:

What appears to be a simple crime, unmasks a chilling deception...
Gin Crawford, the world's newest demon huntress, kills two minions who are breaking into a financial adviser's office. But what she thinks of as another night in the life of a demon huntress leads to a cover-up of epic proportions. A demon haunts her employer, the Agency, and only she can stop it.
Aidan Smythe, her guardian mage and lover, along with her brother T, and the healer Eloise, join her search in discovering the demon's identity. A search thwarted by a powerful spell.
Breaking the spell requires her to join forces with Zagan, the demon of deceit, the demon who marked her as his. But working together comes with a price. One Gin is not sure she can pay.

I got the idea for the series while sitting on my back porch one summer evening, laptop propped on my legs. A couple of stories drifted around in my mind. One of the first stories I ever wrote (long, long ago and the story continues to sit under the proverbial bed) was about a boy hiding from a murderer. The story stuck in my head but I had trouble bringing it to life. On that particular summer evening, I was trying to write about a really messed up ER nurse who found a bracelet giving her superhuman powers to fight demons. I wanted the story to be a mash-up of humor and seriousness. But the plot of the hiding boy kept jumping into the story. Yes, I know, sounds like two totally different things, but I crunched them together and Gin Crawford, the world's newest demon huntress, was born. She's snarky and messed up and has been a blast to write! I hope you enjoy her too!

Here's an excerpt from Devil Forget Me:

     She chuckles as I sip my beer. “Not nothing. I am trying to discover the identity of the demon at theAgency.” She frowns. “It’s not going well. I know I know who the demon is, but every time I think of its identity”—her hands move in a poof motion—“it
     “Yeah, I have the same problem.”
     A memory pops into my mind. Two memories, actually. The first was of last night’s fight with Rahab. How the demon said he only had one demon left to kill in order to rule Hell. Mammon, the demon of greed. The second memory was from last week when Smythe and I went to the Agency. We ran into Chuck Tweedy, the Big Boss of the Agency, and my justitiacouldn’t stop chanting “greedy.” I assumed the bracelet got its
words mixed up, exchanging Tweedy for greedy. But what if there was a connection?
     A dull pain hammers my head. I rub my brow. What was I thinking? We were talking about the Agency demon. Who could it be?
     “You do have the same problem.” Eloise touches my leg, and the headache disappears. “That’s what happened to me.”
     “How did you know?” Eloise was blind, although I swear at times she sees fine. “I could feel your pain.” Her brow furrows. “Like a spell had been thrown at you that caused the headache. I wonder if the same thing happens when I get a headache from thinking on the demon’s identity.”
     “Wait. You mean whenever I think about who the demon is, my thoughts trigger a spell? What does the spell do?”

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Karilyn Bentley's love of reading stories and preference of sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.

Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.

Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, two crazy dogs, aka The Kraken and Sir Barks-A-Lot, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.