Spotlight On C. Bryan Brown #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: C. Bryan Brown

 

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

Mr. Zimmer mentioned it and passed along an invite. I gladly accepted.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My novella, Men of Five, was recently released again with a fancy new cover. It blends the genres of sci-fi and horror.

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Quick description of it.

Military science fiction where soldiers meet monsters on an alien planet, but are they monsters or something more? The novella deals with faith—not only in yourself, but in friends, family, and quite possibly, a higher power.

 

Something unique about it.

There are three additional short stories after the novella, one of which involves Santa Claus as a mob boss, perfect for the fast approaching silly season!

 

Links for people to buy it.

https://www.createspace.com/4685495

 

Your promo links.

http://www.cbryanbrown.net

www.facebook.com/cbryanbrown

@cbryanbrown

 

Your short Bio.

  1. Bryan Brown writes, watches too many movies, and has a great fondness for coffee, liquor, and sex…not necessarily in that order. His first novel, Necromancer, was released in 2012 and his short fiction can be found in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites. He also writes TV and movie reviews for Destroy the Brain. You can find links to his published work, Facebook, Twitter, and the ramblings that keep him out of jail on his website.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

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Spotlight On Jack Wallen #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Jack Wallen

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I remember someone posting about them looking for panelists on a writers group. I thought “Why not? I have some wisdom that might help SOMEONE…surely. Right?” And seeing as how the event is being held in my home city, it was a zombie-esque no-brainer.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release (by the time this posts, I’m guessing), is Cry Zombie Cry. It’s horror and the eighth book in my I Zombie series.

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Quick description of it.

With the Guignol Gang fully armed and prepared to defend the castle, Bethany and company are off to see the Wizard of Odd

The long-awaited entry to the I Zombie series has arrived.

And it’s ready to rock.

Bethany Nitshimi is back and ready to crush the Zero Day Collective with a wall of sound. Together with the metal band Unsun, Bethany will have the undead horde banging their heads until brain runs thick in the streets.

If it’s too loud, you’re too old…or dead.

 

Something unique about it.

This is the first in what I’m calling my “Rock Cycle”. The Polish metal band, Unsun, stars in this novel and served as the inspiration for me continuing that theme into The Last Casket series (starting Kitty in a Casket) and a new series (starring another band that  I will announce very soon).

 

Links for people to buy it.

The book will be live August 21st. Until then, you can check out the official page for the book on my site (which will have the purchase link once the book is live).

http://monkeypantz.net/cry-zombie-cry/

 

Your promo links.

http://www.jackwallen.com

http://www.zombieradio.org

http://www.facebook.com/author.jackwallen

https://twitter.com/jlwallen

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+jackwallen/posts

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004MZWR3W

 

Your short Bio.

Jack Wallen is a seeker of truth and a writer of words. Although he resides in the unlikely city of Louisville, Kentucky, he likes to think of himself more as an interplanetary soul … or so he tells the reflection in the mirror. Jack is a member, in good standing, with the Horror Writers Association.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Robert J. Krog #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Robert J. Krog

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention? 

Stephen Zimmer, who had the misfortune to be seated beside me at Midsouthcon this past March, recruited me, because he’s a swell guy.  I wasn’t sure I could make it, due to various concerns, but he imaginatively saw ways through them.  It all goes back to the Big Z, folks.  He’s brilliant.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it? 

My latest release is the horror short story, Eat Your Peas, in the Dark Oak Press anthology, Luna’s Children: Full Moon Mayhem, which is chock full of werewolf stories. 

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Quick description of it. 

Eat Your Peas is about a pair of lawn care spray techs, one a conscientious worker and one a slacker, who hunt down / are hunted down by the werewolf that struck their home town in their youth. 

 

Something unique about it. 

The hero may be the first professional weed killer to ever be featured as a hero in a werewolf story, or any other story for that matter, though I’m not entirely sure.  J  The ending is probably unique as well, but I don’t want to ruin that. 

  

Links for people to buy it. 

So one clicks on this link http://www.darkoakpress.com/lunafmm.html which gives one options for buying this wonderful work featuring stories by many talented authors at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, etc…

 

Your promo links. 

This is my Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Robert-J.-Krog/e/B008ONYZDI/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

And this is my quaint, little website:  http://krogfiction.yolasite.com/

 

And here I am on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.krog.9

 

Your short Bio. 

Robert J. Krog is the author of the Darrell Award winning novella, A Bag Full of Eyes, the collection, The Stone Maiden and Other Tales, and numerous short stories in a variety of publications from various small presses.  He is also the editor of the Dark Oak Press anthology, A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder, which features fantasy/sci fi/horror/historical, pirates stories.  His latest work is the werewolf story, Eat Your Peas, in the Dark Oak Press anthology Luna’s Children: Full Moon Mayhem.  When he isn’t writing, which is most of the time, he is daddying it up with his wife and three children in Memphis, TN, where he resides, and wasting his multiple, graduate degrees while he sprays weeds for a living as supervisor for the lawn care company with the zebra striped trucks. 

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

 

Spotlight On Scott M. Sandridge #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Scott M. Sandridge

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I first learned about it last year when Stephen Zimmer first told me about the idea of having a convention centered toward writers. I was so excited I had to participate.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Three anthologies from Seventh Star Press were released in February this year, edited by me: A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court, and Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions. The stories within each span many genres, but are primarily of the Fantasy variety; although, there’s also quite a bit of Horror contained in Unseelie.

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I also have a short story in a vampire-themed anthology ebook from Neophyte Press, edited by Ty Schwamberger and Adam Lewis, titled Re-Vamped: Blood Lust Revenge.  That’s all Horror. Oh yeah, nice, sexy, and bloody Horror. ;)

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Quick description of it.

The Seelie and Unseelie books are all short stories about faeries (from the two main Courts), and very few of them are as sweet as Tinkerbell. But they’re also not all bad faeries…mostly. Hero’s Best Friend: an Anthology of Animal Companions involve stories where the animal companions of the heroes get the spotlight they deserve. And Re-Vamped is about vampires, specifically female vampires.

 

Something unique about it.

Me. ;)

 

Links for people to buy it.

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court: http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTMAO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407014712&sr=1-1&keywords=a+chimerical+world

 

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court: http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407014712&sr=1-2&keywords=a+chimerical+world

 

Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions: http://www.amazon.com/Heros-Best-Friend-Anthology-Companions-ebook/dp/B00IAHEI1W/ref=la_B00JPSIV3Q_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407014863&sr=1-4

 

Re-Vamped: Blood Lust Revenge: http://www.amazon.com/Re-Vamped-Blood-Revenge-Ty-Schwamberger-ebook/dp/B00JXRCP36/ref=la_B00JPSIV3Q_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407014863&sr=1-12

 

Your promo links.

 

A Work in Progress/SpecMusicMuse (Blog): http://smsand.wordpress.com

My Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/smsandwrites

Twitter: @scottmsandridge

 

Your short Bio.

Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, and reviewer. He’s published almost thirty short stories and over sixty reviews, and is currently an anthology editor for Seventh Star Press.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Guest Post: David Blalock


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10 Pieces of Advice for Writers from David Blalock

Every time I’m asked to give advice, I wonder why. No two writers are the same. It would be a terribly boring world if they were. No two writers see the same color the same way. They don’t hear the same sound the same way. We are all individuals, separate inside ourselves from one another. Each of us is, in effect, a universe to oneself. I can only share what has worked for me. Whether that would be useful to another is questionable. Whether it would guarantee success is doubtful. What advice I give probably won’t be much different than anything any other writer has given. Nevertheless, for what it’s worth:

Rule 1. Write for yourself first. There is only one person you know who will write exactly what you want. You. You will be the only one to put words in the right order, to find the precise word to use, to tell the story properly. Before you think about publishing, write your best story or article. Then take that piece of writing, show it to no one and file it away for a year. After a year has passed, take it out and look at it with an eye to editing. If you find you’ve edited more than 20% of the work, you can say you’ve improved as a writer. Then, and only then, should you consider publishing.

Rule 2. If you cannot accept criticism, don’t be a writer. Not everyone will like what you write. In fact, more than likely only a few people will ever truly enjoy it. Readers want to be entertained but what fascinates one person repels another. Mediocre to bad reviews are more likely to contain truth about your writing than the raves. Critics are the bane of the weak writer, the nemesis of the good writer, the necessity for a great writer.

Rule 3. Write what you know. If you don’t know about your subject, you will be exposed. There is no doubt of that. Remember that your writing will not only appear during your lifetime but will likely continue far beyond your days whether you are well known or not. If you’re not concerned about that then perhaps you don’t appreciate what a writer should be. Think about the writers of the past century and how their work has or has not stood the test of time. Many of them never considered the possibility their writings would outlive them. Those who did became recognized masters of their craft.

Rule 4. It cannot be stressed highly enough to finish what you start. You cannot publish what you do not finish. This is, above all, the most important piece of advice I can give because it is the one piece I can be sure applies equally to all writers.

Rule 5. Never stop researching. Good writers are familiar with their markets and subjects. Great writers know them well. To assume you know enough about your subject you don’t need to look into it any further is a sign you are falling behind. Once you’ve fallen behind, editors will start passing on your work. There’s simply too much competition out there to think you’ve arrived.

Rule 6. There is no rule 6. If that went over your head, you’ve lived a sheltered life.

Rule 7. Don’t insult your readers by giving them anything less than your best. If you do, you won’t survive long as a writer. Worse yet, anything you’ve accomplished up to that point will be re-examined, criticized in the harshest terms, and vilified undeservedly. Each piece you write must be better than the last. You must continue to grow in the craft and become a better writer to keep your audience.

Rule 8. Realize that being a writer is a job with more than creative needs. You are in the business of being a writer. Learn about that business: its benefits, its pitfalls, its complexity. Contracts, deadlines, taxes, expenses… there is more to being a writer than writing. If this disturbs you, consider another career.

Rule 9. Be prepared to personally connect with your audience. Being a writer doesn’t mean you can completely cut yourself off from society to create. Learn to combine your interaction with the public and your research. People want to know about you; why you write what you write. More than that, they want you to know about them. Writers are a peculiar breed and the public wants to participate in your art. They want to be part of it but aren’t sure how. Take them in and let them be a part of your work by connecting, talking, sharing. Be personable.

Rule 10. Finally, don’t quit your day job. Very few writers make enough money to support themselves. Even for the lucky few who manage to make a living, it’s an uncertain and unsteady income. Until you get that six-figure check from the major publishing house, best make sure there’s enough coming in to put food on the table and clothes on your back. It’s a tough world out there and no better for the creative types.

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About H. David Blalock:  Born in San Antonio, Texas, David spent the majority of his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 16, his family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where David finished school and entered employment with the Department of Defense as a Powerhouse Electrician.

Hiring into the FAA, he returned with his wife and two daughters to the States and settled briefly in Gulfport, MS. A few years later, he moved to Memphis, TN, as an Air Traffic Controller for the Memphis ARTCC. There he remained until his retirement.

David’s writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, webzines, and writer’s sites. His work continues to appear on a regular basis through multiple publishing houses.

 

H, David Blalock’s Angelkiller Book Synopsis: Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.

Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the fight with centuries of experience.

Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another real

 

H. David Blalock

Website:  http://thrankeep.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Writer.HDavidBlalock

Twitter:  @Hdavidblalock

Spotlight On Brent Abell #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Brent Abell

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

- I began seeing posts from authors who were going to be appearing at Imaginarium and it sounded like a great con to support.  The other factor in wanting to become involved was the location being about an hour and a half from where I live.  Great guests and close?  I’m in.  I also have been looking to branch out and attend more cons as my work starts to get out there in the public more and more.  Throw it all together and I couldn’t resist jumping on-board.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

- My first story collection, Wicked Tales for Wicked People, has just been released.  It is a collection of dark fiction that collects some of my older and hard to get work with a few new stories to spice things up.

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Quick description of it.

- The moon hangs full and bright in the night sky above.  Below, the people scurry in their own worlds ignoring the shadows around them.  Something lurks in those shadows, a wickedness hiding in each person’s heart.  What are their stories?  How deep does the wickedness go in those walking around in the day and the night?  Collected here are 18 wicked tales that examines how wicked people are and how when we are confronting our darkest fears, we can find our greatest hope.

This volume brings Brent Abell’s dark fiction together for the first time in one tome.  What will you find when you look into your heart?  Beware and lock your doors, the wicked ones are coming for you…

 

Something unique about it.

     – The collection is really a journey into my work.  When I started out, I had no idea what I wanted to do or how I wanted to go about it.  Three years later, the journey I embarked on has been a learning experience and I hope the pieces selected for the book illustrates the growth in the work.

 

Links for people to buy it.

     – For your Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Tales-People-Brent-Abell-ebook/dp/B00N2D7172/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1409184929&sr=8-3&keywords=brent+abell

 

     -and in print for those paper lovers out there: https://www.createspace.com/4956418

 

Your promo links.

     – Website: http://brentabell.wordpress.com

     – Twitter: @BrentTAbell

     – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Our-Darkest-Fears-The-Fiction-of-Brent-Abell/342998632379521

 

Your short Bio.

     – Brent Abell resides in Southern Indiana with his wife, sons, and a pug who is worshiped as a minor deity in some religions.  His work has been featured in multiple anthologies and eZines.  His first novella, In Memoriam, was released in 2013 and in 2014 a collection of his short fiction was released.  He is currently working on his next novel, novella, and trying to get through the heap of story ideas floating around on his desk.  If one should ever come across him in the wild; he loves cigars, rum, and beer.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Armand Rosamilia #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Armand Rosamilia

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

Stephen Zimmer begged me to be there. He sent me fruit baskets and a briefcase filled with cash as well as the promise of pound bags of M&M’s (one plain and one peanut). How could I not go? Poor boy would be crushed.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Chelsea Avenue from Ragnarok Publications. It is a traditional horror novel with some paranormal elements.

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Quick description of it.

“I don’t come across books like Rosamilia’s CHELSEA AVENUE often. Infused with the dreamlike quality of memory, Rosamilia here fulfills the full measure of the promise I first saw in his DYING DAYS series. Beautifully dark, this book held me entranced. I couldn’t get enough!” -Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of DOG DAYS and PLAGUE OF THE UNDEAD 

Some things never stop until the deed is done. 

On July 8th 1987, in Long Branch, New Jersey, The Haunted House Pier and Murphy’s Law club fires destroyed not only local landmarks, but everything Manny Santiago found dear. 

And it isn’t over. 

The entity responsible for killing Manny’s family and wreaking devastation in the small seaside community has reappeared. Again. And is growing in power. 

Now every July 8th it returns, and this time survivors of the fires, including Manny, are being led back to the now-vacant lot on Chelsea Avenue, where the entity intends to finish what it started in 1987 once and for all.

 

Something unique about it.

Despite having 125+ releases to date, this is my very first full-length novel release. I’m quite excited about it.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Chelsea-Avenue-Armand-Rosamilia-ebook/dp/B00N740DHG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409951343&sr=8-1&keywords=chelsea+avenue

 

Your promo links.

http://armandrosamilia.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ArmandAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/armand.rosamilia

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/armand-rosamilia/11/853/791

 

Your short Bio.

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping.

He’s written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series:

“Dying Days” extreme zombie series
“Keyport Cthulhu” horror series
“Flagler Beach Fiction Series” contemporary fiction
“Metal Queens” non-fiction music series

he also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool. He’s a proud Active member of HWA as well. 

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal: 

armandrosamilia@gmail.com

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”