I picked up That Risen Snow via a BookBub deal and read it while on the treadmill. Now listen, the fact I was on the treadmill in the first place was enough of a horror story. The fact I actually stayed ON the treadmill longer than I'd planned so I could finish reading the book says how much I liked it!
I love fairy tales. I love zombies. And I totally dug this book.
My name is Rob E. Boley. The "E" is for Eldon, which was my mom's dad's name. Fun fact: his middle name was Devere, which is why I used that name in The Scary Tales series. My daddy is a retired engineer from Wright-Patt Air Force Base in Dayton. He currently lives in Enon, Ohio, the town where I grew up. He may not be rich like you, but he has every book Stephen King ever wrote. I read many of them when I was growing up!
I've been writing since I was in high school. I mostly wrote poetry until my daughter was born in 2005. Becoming a dad flipped some kind of internal switch, and I've been writing fiction since then.
Most of the stories, books, and screenplays I've written have definitely had a dark element. Growing up, we watched a lot of horror movies at home. My family has always had a fascination with horror movies, and like I said, my dad loves horror novels. So, I think horror is fairly hard-wired into my brain.
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum--because no other novel has instilled in me such a potent sense of dread. I could not put it down.
Hells yes, I would! I've never ever seen anything paranormal, and it's not for lack of trying. My daughter and I have gone ghosthunting and squatching, but I've never seen anything otherworldly or unexplainable. I'd love to!
**note: I have never gone "squatching," but wow, now I wanna!
I sure did. My bible for the series was Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Golden Compass author Philip Pullman. He stayed very faithful to the original tales and included thoughtful notes explaining any changes he made. It's a must-read for any lovers of fairy tales. As well, I've also watched a ton of the old Universal Pictures horror movies. My versions of most of those iconic monsters will eventually appear in the series.
I'm editing right now the fifth book of The Scary Tales--That Merciless Truth: A Scary Tale of Goldilocks & the Mummy. After that, I'll have four more books coming in The Scary Tales series, plus maybe a few stand-alone novellas. I'm also working on a couple other YA series that are in various stages of development.
front or back
chocolate or vanilla
Kirk or Spock
Star or Trek
ocean or mountains
The doors are yellow, blue, and red, because those are colors I've used to decorate my family room. Behind the yellow is the past. Behind the blue is the present. Behind the red is the future. I choose blue, because we can't dwell in the past and as much as I'd like to see the future, I'd hate to miss everything that happens between now and then.
Author Website: http://www.robboley.com
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Books in The Scary Tales series in the order they should be read:
That Risen Snow: A Scary Tale of Snow White & Zombies
That Wicked Apple: A Scary Tale of Snow White & Even More Zombies
That Ravenous Moon: A Scary Tale of Red Riding Hood & Werewolves
That Malicious Storm: A Scary Tale of Beauty & the Phantom
Rob E. Boley grew up in Enon, Ohio, a little town with a big Indian mound. He later earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Aside from The Scary Tales series, his fiction has appeared in several markets, including A cappella Zoo, Pseudopod, Clackamas Literary Review, and Best New Werewolf Tales. His stories have won Best in Show in the Sinclair Community College Creative Writing Contest and the Dayton Daily News/Antioch Writers’ Workshop Short Story Contest. He lives with his daughter in Dayton, where he works for his alma mater. Each morning and most nights, he enjoys making blank pages darker.
What's your name? J.M. Hall… or Jason for those who know me
Who's Your Daddy? A retired teacher in suburban Philadelphia
And hey, is he rich like me? Teachers teach for love, not money!
Tell us a little bit about yourself, and your book! I’m a Philadelphia native living and working in NYC. By day, I’m working in PR, getting publicity for clients in outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or getting them on-air at CNBC or Bloomberg TV. By night, I’m a novelist. Trust me, it sounds much fancier than it actually is!
My book, PRIVATE RELATIONS, is centered on the life of Jesse Lockhart, a 20-something male escort in NYC. At the core of the narrative is how Jesse is coming to terms with his past and creating the foundation to a better, more honest future. And yes, there are lots of hot sex scenes, too!
You and I met on Twitter through a crazy random happenstance. Have you ever met anyone else on Twitter you didn't know before? Who was it? I’ve met quite a few people through Twitter – ranging from fellow PR professionals to reporters to love interests ;) As long as you’re careful (i.e., don’t go meeting people in isolated places late at night!) I think that social media is a great way to meet new people, professionally or personally.
How long have you been writing? I finished my first “novella” when I was an undergrad at the University of Miami and have been steadily writing ever since. PRIVATE RELATIONS is my first book and I’m making progress on my second novel as well. I caught the writing bug pretty bad – it’s in my bones at this point!
What do you like best about writing? What do you like least? The best part about writing is the ability to create your own world, spend time with characters that interest you, and essentially play God with the how the story plays out. It’s both refreshing and liberating for me, as my day-to-day work finds me telling other people’s stories to the media. The drawbacks to writing are the usual things: the rejection, the frustration you can feel when you’re blocked, and just how long writing a book can take.
I can bang out a two-page press release pretty quickly… a novel takes significantly longer!
What's the one thing about you that everyone thinks they know, but they're wrong? I’m a pro at acting more confidently than I actually am -- a side effect of working in a profession where rejection is the norm. I’ve got the same doubts and insecurities everyone else does... I’m just better at hiding them J
Do you have a writing process? What is it? (or not?) I always write at home; I just can’t concentrate in a crowded café. So, I usually pick a spot – my bedroom, the kitchen table – and bang out at least 1,000 words a sitting if I’m writing during the week. If I’m writing on a Saturday or Sunday, I try to hit 2,000 words, though sometimes I fall short. Once I get a chunk of writing together (let’s say, 50 pages or so) I’ll print and read through the narrative. Is it flowing well? Are the pages turning or do I seem stuck?
Once the first draft is complete, I let it be for at least two weeks – sometimes longer. I then read through to note any changes I went to make to the plot. Is it too bloated? Do some characters need to be written out? The third and final phase is just copyediting for spelling and grammar, and then it’s time to format and upload to Amazon!
What are you working on now? Oddly enough, I have a YA horror story bouncing around in my brain. Of course, Jesse’s story will continue, but I might want to take a break before going back into his world too quickly.
Where can readers learn about your book (and you?) I’m not sure if PRIVATE RELATIONS has a particular moral, but if there’s one thing I want people to take away from it, it’s that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to people. We all have secrets, parts of our past we’d prefer to keep hidden – and for some people that suits them just fine. However, most times, it’s just not possible to keep living a double life. You have to come clean sooner or later, for your own sake and for those around you. That’s the lesson Jesse is finding in the book.
As for what people can learn about me? Well, I didn’t get the three-book, $1 million contract I dreamed of, but when I said I was going to write and publish a book – I meant it. I hope it’s the first of many, as writing is truly a passion of mine that I couldn’t imagine living without.
front or back: front
left or right: right
up or down: up
in or out: in
chocolate or vanilla: chocolate (duh)
Kirk or Spock: Kirk
Trek or Wars: Trek
Sam or Dean: Sam (Dean is too moody) (Dear Fangirls: Please don’t kill me)
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I recently had the pleasure of reading The Domme Chronicles, a wonderful collection of snippets and essays featuring a female dominant and her submissive lovers. I loved the book, which tapped into a lot of what I like to explore in my own writing -- the themes of female dominance that is not tied to leather or vinyl catsuits and whips or sex dungeons (not that those can't be fun!) But real portrayals of what it's like for lovers in this dynamic. Since everyone is differnet, of course everyone has different preferences and experiences, but I've been enjoying Ms. Ferns' blog for some time and her book was absolutely as delicious.
So, I asked her to talk to me about it! :)
1. Please tell us a little bit about how you started writing.
I’ve been writing since I was about 15 when my English teacher had us write a personal journal for a week or two. I actually found it really useful. 15 year old me passionately poured out all of that teenage angst and ‘he said/she said’ drama onto the page, and I discovered that it helped me process what was going on in my life (all the Really Important Stuff that nobody could possibly understand...*dramatic arm waving*).
I’ve pretty much kept some kind of journal ever since. Paper to start with, then documents on my computer, and at some point in the days before blogs were a ‘thing’, I hand-coded an online journal that all of 12 people read.
2. Please tell us how you decided to write Domme Chronicles.
I was frustrated by the (mis)representations of female dominance and male submission out in the world. It was all so incredibly bad: stereotypical and embarrassing and utterly depressing. And the internet was flooded with it. I wanted to see myself out there.
I wanted to read about real people living in happy, healthy, troubled, flawed, loving D/s relationships where the Domme’s submissive was her primary partner, where he was cherished, adored, and opened up like a ripe peach for the taking. I wanted incredible hotness and sex and affection and beauty. I wanted hurt hearts and struggles and magic moments and some truth that I could relate to. I couldn’t find it, so I created it.
3. Your book might surprise readers who are expecting whips and chains, latex catsuits and non-stop humiliation, yet you're writing from your own experiences -- have you had any negative feedback from people who tell you you're "doing it wrong?"
I haven’t. I suspect that those who are happy with those stereotypical depictions of femdom have so many options (SO MANY!) that they have never even glanced my way.
4. Have you considered writing fiction?
I have, and I have a few fiction pieces on my blog (very few!). I’d like to do more, but it’s not a natural fit for me. I really admire writers who can draw compelling stories from their own imaginations.
I think my strength is taking moments, holding them up to the light, and revealing some emotional truth in them. That kind of writing doesn’t lend itself naturally to storytelling, so it’s a challenge for me.
I really want to work on that, not least because mining my own experiences means I’m drawing from a finite resource.
5. Your book is intensely personal, as is your blog. What do you love best about sharing your own experiences in such a way? What do you hate about it?
The thing I love most about it is hearing from young women or new dominants who are all “Oh thank god!” at finding someone talking about a style of female dominance that they can relate to. Many are exploring and what they find ‘out there in the world’ about female dominance is often anti-women: it’s not sexy, it’s not loving, it’s not affectionate, it’s not at all fun or appealing for women. There is nothing in those depictions of dominance for them and they can get to the point where they think they aren’t actually dominant because they can’t relate to any of it. Hearing that I helped them feel like they weren’t alone out there, that they are ‘okay’, that they can explore their dominance in a way that feels right to them is just wonderful for me
There’s nothing I really hate about it, but I do get frustrated at times. My writing is not truly anonymous (that is, people in my life know about it and read it), and I sometimes feel stifled by the weight of that. I have two rules for my writing: don’t hurt anyone, and don’t surprise anyone with something they don’t already know. They are fine rules, but it means that sometimes there are things going on with me that I can’t share, and since my life informs my content, I can become paralysed by that.
6. Do you plan to write another book?
I do! I’m probably going to tackle some short-form semi-autobiographical fiction first (wow, that really rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?!) and see how that goes.
Also I just made myself laugh because my inner voice just went “Mmhmm, and how’s that workin’ out for ya so far...?” Fine, I haven’t started yet, are you happy now?!
7. Is there something you would NEVER write about?
Ha! Well I wrote recently about extreme fantasies so apparently not.
I wouldn’t say there’s a basket labelled NEVER, but there are already things I don’t write about, so sure. They are mostly topics that I think are too complex for me to condense into something palatable: those that make me feel too vulnerable or defensive or are too controversial. That may seem strange given how much I share, but I still only share strobe-light impressions of carefully chosen slices, so there’s a lot more there in the darkness. Maybe at some point I will tackle some of them.
8. Female dominance doesn't seem to be as popular in erotic fiction as male doms are -- why do you supposed the idea of a strong alpha male is so appealing versus a capable, strong and sexually confident woman who takes care of her boy and is served by her? What do you say to people who assume that male submissives are automatically weak?
How long have you got for these questions *smile*? I’m going to try not to rant, we’ll see how that goes.
We are brought up in a culture that values and reinforces strict gender roles pretty much from birth. Masculinity and femininity, and male and female roles still have very strict social definitions that are kept in very well defined, tightly closed boxes.
On social, cultural, and political levels we get a pervasive version of this hammered into us and reinforced in every imaginable way. So male dominance is only a slight uptick of something that is already ingrained. It’s not a leap, it’s only a small step sideways. Male dominance is romanticised as hyper-masculinity, as ‘the prince who will carry her away on his white charger and sex her up real good’.
So the maledom fantasy is familiar, it’s known, it’s only a slight exaggeration of everything we are supposed to find sexy, so of course it’s more popular than something subversive like a woman taking the lead.
But your question is worded in a way that presents a fallacy. I understand that it reflects common thinking, but it would be remiss not to point out that ‘a strong alpha male’ does not describe a male dominant any more than ‘a capable, strong and sexually confident woman who takes care of her man’ describes a female dominant.
Male submissives can be ‘strong alpha males’ and female submissives can be ‘capable, strong and sexually confident women who take care of their man’. Submissives are simply individuals who *choose* to give up some level of control to their partner because that’s what they enjoy in their relationships.
There are endless ways to practice domination and submission but for people who aren’t familiar with female dominance and male submission, or who have a stereotypical idea of how it works, I like to frame it using the analogy of a Queen and her knight.
The knight may well be a ‘strong alpha male’, he may lead all of the other knights into battle, he may slay the dragons, he may scale the castle walls, he may kill her enemies, but when he is in the presence of his Queen, he kneels and asks how he may serve her.
How is that not the most romantic, sexy thing ever?!
And if someone automatically thinks that submissive men are weak, I’d ask them how prioritising his partner’s happiness makes a man ‘weak’, and I’d then ask them how they think men *should* treat their partners. No really, how?
Relationships are complicated, and D/s relationships are no less varied and complex than any other, but at their core, all relationships are really just about people who have complementary ways of expressing love making a life together. And having amazing play and sex.
9. Do you have a favorite book or film that shows femdom as you experience it?
Sadly, it’s less ‘favourite’ and more ‘wow, something not terrible and offensive!’
I enjoyed Joey W. Hill’s Natural Selection for the D/s relationship aspects: I think that’s the closest I have come to reading something where the couple seemed like ‘normal’ people with their own issues and complexities which was refreshing to see.
Her book Vampire Queen's Servant was also good, though obviously not real-world. After I read those, I got all excited about her back catalogue, but then read another of hers in which the dominant woman was horribly damaged and just needed a ‘real man’ to show her the error of her dominant ways and I was so disappointed that I haven’t read any more of hers since.
I’ve just started reading one of your femdom themed books: I’m keen to see how the characters develop.
In films, I’ve only ever seen snippets of female dominance that felt right to me (like this from Game of Thrones, oh my). Mostly if female dominants are portrayed at all, they are pro-Dommes and often they are villains.
10. How do you handle people who assume that because you write openly about your sexuality that you're open to being solicited?
I don’t get solicited because of my writing. I do get solicited because I’m a woman on the internet and because I have a presence on some kink sites, but that has nothing to do with my writing.
People responding to my writing on my blog or in my book have been really wonderful. Maybe it’s because my writing attracts a very particular audience, and men who are more likely to behave that way aren’t in it. Or maybe I’m just intimidating (this thought amuses me greatly, so I’m going with it!).
front or back
left or right
ocean or forest
Spock or Kirk
Trek or Wars
vanilla or chocolate
up or down
in or out
hard or soft
You stand in front of three doors. What color they, what's behind each, and which do you choose?
Black, grey, white.
A cat, a dog, a beautiful man.
Hmmm... I’ll take the white one, thanks.
IS THIS A TRICK?! WHERE’S MY BEAUTIFUL MAN!?
Find out more about The Domme Chronicles -- on sale now!
Amazon (kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HC038MS
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The author has graciously agreed to give away a copy of The Domme Chronicles to one lucky reader...what do you have to do to have a chance at winning? Comment to this blog post about your favorite femdom book, film or song. (Don't have one? Your favorite recent read will do!) I'll choose a random winner Dec. 12, 2014 by 5 pm and be in contact with the winner shortly after that! The book is in digital format only.
1. Who are you? I am Gozer the Gozerian... What? Oh, sorry, wrong interview :) I'm Misty Simon, author of Mischief and Mayhem.
2. What do you do? I write, eat, drink, be merry and generally live amongst other mortals.
3. You write a lot of humor but also characters who feel very real. What appeals to you about writing "funny?" How do you balance humor and poignancy? I write funny because that's how I deal with life. There's a backstory here (isn't there always?) but suffice it to say that if you can't laugh at it, you might just cry at it and that route is not for me. I try hard to strike a balance between the two because no life is one or the other. I want my characters to be real to people, to show that struggles and hardships can be met with a healthy dose of not taking yourself too seriously. I love when readers get something out of my books to make their life jsut a little easier, to let them know they are not the only one to have faced something like this and make it through.
4. Please describe your most embarrassing experience in great detail...or make one up! Most embarrassing...so many to chose from. Ohh! Here's one that exemplifies the way my life works! So I was in a cafe with my friend and spied a male that was looking pretty tempting standing at the pastry counter. I looked at her and said, "I wouldn't mind a piece of that." She was horrified when she responded, "Do you know who that is?" I told her I did not and niether did she. We were just admiring. She laughed so hard she almost fell out of her chair. Here it was a guy from high school who had been gangly and nice but never really thought of as a guy, more like that nerdy non-guy friend who was always in the background. He'd grown up, let me tell you, but I still went looking for brain bleach because it was sacrilege to lust after this guy who was sweet in an overly nerdy kind of way. About two years later I married that guy and eighteen years later we still laugh about it.
5. ...would you ever write about it? Absolutely. It and any others that happen, like putting my shoe on someone's white couch to tie my laces and tripping over nonexistent wrinkles in the carpet to fall into said guy's arms...
6. People always ask authors where they get their inspiration, and/or "do you do all the things you write about?" How would you like to see people who ask you that question get what's coming to them? A poke in the brain would be nice, perhaps with a stick, through the eye...
7. You write primarily in the romance genre. Have you ever wanted to write a different kind of story? If so, what kind? If you were to reimagine one of your books as a different genre, which would you choose and how would you change the story? I'd love to write a horror story! Gruesome, nasty, yucky horror with guts and glory and topless men running around in reverse of the horror convention of stupid women. I'm not sure that What's Life Without the Sprinkles? would work in that genre but I could make it happen!
8. Please tell us a bit about your latest release -- including where to buy it! The Wrong Drawers is a re-release of a previously published book. Ivy is frisky, curvy and generally dos not take herself too seriously, though she does try. It's the second in the series and can be read as a stand alone but you'll get the inside jokes better if you read Poison Ivy first. You can get it at Amazon The Wrong Drawers (Ivy Morris Mysteries) - Kindle edition by Misty Simon. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. The Wild Rose Press The Wrong Drawers [d8824] - $4.99 : The Wild Rose Press, Inc. and Barnes and Noble The Wrong Drawers
9. What are you working on now? Right now I'm working on the third story in my Sprinkles world to hopefully complete the set and then it's on to some self-publishing stuff, I think, to see what I can get out there and do to make other people laugh.
RAPID FIRE portion:
chocolate or vanilla - Always chocolate
Kirk or Spock - Can i have both?
Trek or Wars - Wars all the way, baby
front or back - front
left or right - right
ocean or desert - ocean
cheese or peanut butter - PB!
You stand in front of three doors. What color are they, what's behind each and which do you choose? The doors are purple, red and blue. Purple is the life you want, red is the life you choose, and blue is the life you were meant for. I choose blue.
Please also give me the links to your blog, FB, Twitter, amazon page, etc. or any links you'd like me to share!
Mischief & Mayhem
I had the pleasure of meeting Craig DiLouie in New Orleans at World Horror Con in 2013. His book Suffer the Children is creepy, poignant, heartwrenching and good old-fashioned scary. Check him out!
1. Who are you?
I'm a guy with his feet on the ground but his head in the clouds. I spend half my time enjoying life and raising two beautiful children as a single dad, and the other half imagining other worlds and events, sometimes dark ones.
2. What do you do?
I work at home as a journalist, educator and marketing consultant in a technical field. I write novels and novellas that have been published by small presses and big publishers like Simon & Schuster. Mostly, I write horror, but I'm getting back into fantasy.
It's funny, when I tell people I write horror, sometimes they give me a strange look. Horror writers are like serial killers in that I imagine people saying, "I lived next to him for years. I never knew he wrote horror. He's such a nice, mild-mannered guy." The fact is horror writers tend to be very nice people, very centered. I know this firsthand from attending conventions and the friends I've made. Maybe it's because their writing so effectively purges their anxieties and fears.
3. Suffer the Children broke my heart. Has having children changed the way you view horror, either in your own work or how you view other people's? Do different things scare you now?
Being a dad definitely changed my outlook of what scares me. SUFFER THE CHILDREN was written from the heart. No matter what I'm writing about--zombies, vampires, monsters--the horror in the book is grounded in reality by being about real things. In the case of SUFFER THE CHILDREN, the horror stems from people committing acts of evil because of love. When does doing good become evil?
4. Please describe your most horrifying nightmare, either a real one you've had or one that would almost kill you in your sleep.
Aside from when I'm reading a good book, monsters don't scare me because they're not real. My worst nightmares tend to be things that are amplified reflections of something bad happening in my life or could otherwise happen.
5. ...would you ever write about it?
The fears expressed in my writing are general fears rather than specific ones. Fear of death, worries for my family. But sometimes, yeah, something really weird happens in a dream, and it finds its way into my work.
6. People always ask authors where they get their inspiration, and/or "do you do all the things you write about?" How would you like to see people who ask you that question get what's coming to them?
Inspiration comes from the oddest places. Once, I watched a trailer for a movie, saw the movie, and was disappointed because the mental image I had from the trailer was different than the actual movie. So I wrote the movie I thought I was going to see as a book.
To answer generally, I'd have to say my thought process goes something like this. The end of the world is a theme in my books, so I find a mechanism for the world's end--something original and provocative. Then I take ordinary people with ordinary problems and put them in that world, and make it as gritty and realistic as possible.
7. You write primarily in the horror/thriller genre. Have you ever wanted to write a different kind of story? If so, what kind? If you were to reimagine one of your books as a different genre, which would you choose and how would you change the story?
Before I wrote a zombie novel on a lark and it got big, launching me into the horror genre, I wrote science fiction/fantasy and general fiction. I'm looking to get back into fantasy. I'm currently working on getting a novel, THE ALCHEMISTS, placed with a publisher, and I'm close to a deal. It was a really fun book to write, totally different from my horror stuff. It's light, funny, romantic. A whole other side of me.
8. Please tell us a bit about Suffer the Children -- including where to buy it!
SUFFER THE CHILDREN is about a disease that claims the world's children. The only way for their parents to keep them alive is by feeding them blood. As the blood supply wanes, the only source of blood in the end will be each other.
The novel forces the reader to answer the question, how far would you go for someone you love? Many of us parents would put our arm in a shredder for our kids. But would you put somebody else's arm in a shredder? That's where love and sacrifice become horror. While the children are essentially vampires, they're not monsters. The monsters in the book are the parents gradually forced to make horrible choices out of love.
9. What are you working on now?
I'm current working on a novel titled SEPARATION, which is about a disease that makes men and women repulsed by each other. It's going to be the final battle of the sexes.
RAPID FIRE portion:
chocolate or vanilla: chocolate
Kirk or Spock: Spock
Trek or Wars: Wars
front or back: front
left or right: right
ocean or desert: desert
cheese or peanut butter: peanut butter (and chocolate)
You stand in front of three doors. What color are they, what's behind each and which do you choose?
The first door is green, representing money. The second is red, representing fame. The third is white, representing health and long life for me and my family. I'll choose white every time.
Learn more about Craig here: