Because, let’s face it, what would a day be like without yet another interview with me? Oh, and my humble disposition, too… and my great looks.
I can’t remember the last time I jotted down some actual goals for my writing (I’m sure it isn’t as far back as I remember, but I’m too lazy to look). So far, my behind the scenes writing has been stellar, but my actual output for sale has been meager, to say the least.
I put out Metal Queens: Models 2 out on April 1st… and that’s pretty much it so far in 2013. I’ve been in a couple of great anthologies but nothing else. I spent most of January and February writing three different zombie novellas for a Hollywood film company, and hopefully they’ll eventually see their time in print and/or on the big or small screen. And that isn’t even including Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, which I did in 2012 for them.
I finished Dying Days 3 and it’s currently off to the editor and a goal release in June 2013. I’d love to have print copies available for New Orleans and the World Horror Convention/Horror Writers Association events June 13th through 16th. I’ll also be pitching my horror novel to two publishers that weekend, and I’m quite excited about it.
But what about May? I don’t have too many finished stories to release, and that is bothering me. With an average of one release every two weeks last year and the year before, I am definitely too slow in 2013. I’m hoping that will change.
Yesterday officially started my foray into Contemporary Fiction, with a series of short stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe in Flagler Beach Florida. My daily goal is 2,000 words a day and 6,000 words per ‘episode’, to be released every Friday starting May 10th through July 12th (10 serialized parts), followed by the print version a week or so after.
I’m also going to work on Dying Days: Origins, with the goal of it being a July release as well.
I’ll begin doing initial interviews for the upcoming non-fiction pro wrestling book SCW: All Access Pass sometime in May, and I’d love to have it out by the end of summer.
Metal Queens: Models 3 should be out in mid-May (about six weeks after the 2nd book was released), with an eye to do a 4th book in July.
My blog post/interviews/observations/bullshit eBook, Shut Up Old Man! will see the light of day before May ends as well… as long as I can work on it a little each day for the next few weeks.
I’m hoping by 2014 I can look back at the slow start of 2013 and see all the positive I set up for the latter part of the year, and hit my 26 releases goal without a problem, and break it.
I’m interviewed again, but this time by Rebecca Snow! Read the interview, but even if you don’t care one iota about me, check out her site because… yep… there is snow falling on it!
This post might initially seem a little off topic for me, but stick with it and you’ll see it has to do with writing.
In 2007 I released a non-fiction book about a local professional wrestling federation, Southern Championship Wrestling. Called SCW: Blood, Sweat & Gold. It took you through the first 9 years of their existence and I interviewed dozens of great wrestlers and personalities for the book. I had a blast, my kids got to come with me to shows and help me sell copies of the print book (no eBooks back then!), and I had a great time.
Through the years I’ve kept in touch with some of the guys, missed a ton of shows, and watched my son (who was 11 when we went to the first show and fell in love with SCW) grow into a 17 year old who pretty much knows everything. I kept reading their website, and seeing guys in and out and hoping someday to get back there and see a show, hug a few old friends, and see what was going on that I’ve missed.
This past Saturday I went back and saw my first SCW show in about five years. And fell in love with it all over again.
A lot has changed in my life since 2007, besides my three kids growing up and my career switching from full-time retail store manager to full-time author. People have come and gone, women have come and gone, my hair has gone gray and the gut gotten bigger… but as they say, the more things change the more they stay the same.
Seeing Chris Carson, Mighty Ox, Rico Casanova, Victor Creed, Chasyn Rance, Jason Sensation, as well as so many others I’ve known for years was great. Meeting new faces was also amazing. The matches were topnotch and the action nonstop.
I’ll be starting the followup, SCW: All Access Pass, in the coming weeks. They’re going on fifteen years strong, and the SCW has a new story to tell. I’m going to be the one to tell it. the pictures here are some of the ones that made it into the first book and a few I found while searching old folders, and to see how little my kids were back then makes me laugh.
I’m Interviewed on the Lisa V. Prouix blog, and I have a fine time doing it, talking about zombies, Tool Shed, food, Kokomo’s Cafe and banana bread beer!
I hope you are enjoying your Spring time weather. Here in Maryland, it seemed as though the warm weather would never make an appearance. Alas, it was in the 70’s today and I actually got to lay out in the sun…ah…heaven!
It’s been a while since I have written in my blog. I had a death in my family on March 12 and as you probably know, losing a loved one can really take its toll on a person. I am now getting back into the swing of things and wanted you to meet someone today.
HORROR AUTHOR, ARMAND ROSAMILIA
Welcome this talented author!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Armand recently and I got to know him a little better. You’ll love his whacky sense of humor and you’ll find out why this talented and diverse author is not just “the zombie guy!”
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Author Tim Baker on audiobook! But don’t worry, he doesn’t read it with his thick New England accent, so you will be able to understand it.
I finished what I believe is a damn good first draft of Dying Days 3, my zombie novella. The first two parts of the story clocked in at about 25,000 words each, but my goal on this one was to get more story and make it about 35,000 words. The final first draft ended up being over 40,000, which I am quite happy with.
There will also be a companion short story like in the other Dying Days releases, with a return of Tosha Shorb and her sister, and I might add in another short piece or two. My goal is to get the final product over 50,000 words and be a nice solid release. More bang for your buck, as they say. I think someone says that, anyway.
Then readers (you are out there!) of the series will be happy to know I can finish up Dying Days: Origins, which tells the prequel story of Tosha Shorb and also the prequel of David Monsour (who also appeared in Dying Days 2) as well as the prequel story of Eric White (and written by author Lisa Woods, who is a big fan of the series).
But wait, there’s more!
Still Dying: Further Scenes From Dying Days will be another anthology of short stories set in the world, but this time written by other authors (like Tim Baker, Brent Abell, Lori Safranek, Frank Edler, Patrick Greene, AD Roland and many others) and also a brand new Darlene Bobich short story from me.
Still not convinced?
My short story collection of more erotic short stories, Dying Days: Threesome, will be out this summer as well… three shorts with even more sex for your money, and a return of Randy from Highway To Hell. There might even be a sequel to Highway To Hell called Hell’s Bells: Highway To Hell 2 in the works as well if I get the time to fit it into the schedule.
Tim Baker and I will be finishing a sequel to Dying Days: The Siege of European Village as well, so look for that soon.
Now, I just have to stay off Facebook and Twitter and actually write all this stuff…
I’ve been interviewed… because, let’s face it, I’m not nearly interviewed enough these days. This one even has some interesting questions and (of course) my life-changing answers. And stuff about zombies.
I was interviewed on April 14th on The Last Exit For The Lost radio program, where I talked about Metal Queens: Models 2, zombies, wrestling, and (of course) Metal! They even let me pick the songs during the interview, which made me quite happy! Have a listen, won’t you?
Reblog: Lisa Woods talks about naming her characters, and she has a conversation with an amazing and sexy Man as well!
I hate to name drop (not really), but last night I was having a conversation with Armand Rosamilia that went a little like this:
A: (Said something completely ridiculous as he is prone to do. Not really, but it makes this story better.)
Me: Oh, for Pete’s sake.
A: Who the hell is Pete?
Me: I don’t know who Pete is.
A: Pete Sake sounds half Welsh and half Japanese.
Me: (Choked laughing so hard that I couldn’t breathe.)
This morning, I decided that Pete Sake was going to make an appearance in my vampire novel as an alias that my heroine makes up on the fly. All thanks to Armand’s quick wit.
Coming up with names for my character’s is one of the hardest parts of writing for me. I can sit for an hour trying to come up with the perfect name. I usually incorporate names of people…
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This weekend, besides getting into the homestretch of the Dying Days 3 zombie novel, I’be been culling some of my favorite blog posts and interviews from this website and they will eventually all be bundled together, along with many new ones you’ve never seen, into an eBook titled Shut Up, Old Man! Random Thoughts, Posts, Interviews, Lies and Help from Armand Rosamilia.
I’m not going to pretend to know anything, but after the last 18 months I’ve learned a few things, and I wanted to put my journey into perspective and see (for myself) how far I’ve come or haven’t come. It’s fun going back and reading posts I did a year ago, and remembering where my mindset was at that moment. And seeing how it’s changed.
I also began pulling every interview I’ve done and putting together a sort of ‘Best Of’ interview, with every question I’ve been asked and the multiple answers I’ve given for each… so far, I talk a lot of crap.
One thing that alarmed me, however, was the many dead links I am seeing. I have done a ton of guest blogs and interviews, and linked them to my website. However, when I click on them to find them, they are gone. Erased. Deleted. And these are websites that still exist.
I contacted two bloggers this morning to see if maybe they changed the names or archived them, only to be told by one ‘Nah, that interview was old (it was 9 months ag0)’, and the other said ‘I only want current stuff on my blog’…
The greatest part of the internet is the perpetual flow of it, and the fact I’ve had new readers who found me based not on my latest Twitter post, but because they read an interview when I was first promoting Dying Days or Death Metal, and they looked me up and started reading my stuff. You never know where a reader is going to jump into your career, so you hedge the bets the more chances for them to see you the better.
Thank about any author you’ve read. Did you see them as an up and coming writer with their first book, or maybe jumped in when they got a buzz from people you trusted on the third book? I’ve stumbled across great interviews with authors and wanted to dive in and see if they were any good.
Keeping an interview or guest post on your website doesn’t hurt anyone, especially you. I have hundreds of posts and things on my site, and I’m using about 3% of what they gave me. For free. Unless you are running crazy apps or tons of video, that isn’t a valid excuse for deleting stuff. There’s a blogger I really like on a personal level, but won’t send him my guest blogs anymore, because he takes posts down after two months. I have yet to see what the point is. I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post titled “JA Konrath Is The Devil”, and it still finds its way into my top five posts each week, no matter what. It’s been out for months, but people still find it and follow my blog and keep coming back to read more and more.
By some folk’s reckoning, I should have deleted it months ago and only posted ‘relevant’ things… well, guess what? If an interview or guest post talking about an old book still in print helps me find even one more reader and gives them another reason to read your blog and maybe like your own work, I say it is more than relevant.
I’m happy to be guest blogging on the very lovely J. Rose Allister’s blog, The Power of Passion today… I talk about writing the next story and wondering where it will lead you in your career…
I talked yesterday about writing outside my comfort zone with a project on my mind. I’m currently finishing up Dying Days 3, the latest in my zombie series. But I have an idea I want to pursue right after that, and it is very different from anything I’ve written previously.
The good news? I already have a solid publisher looking to talk about it, even though it is only a 6-sentence concept at this point. I’ve come a long way, I guess. Plus, I have a big mouth, I can B.S. with the best of them, and I have a track record… fingers crossed we can get this done, and I can start writing it with a contract dangled in front of me, right? That always makes it better.
The bad news? I have a ton of projects sitting in my queue, waiting to be completed. Another contract means they get pushed aside again, like what happened when I wrote Miami Spy Games. Nineteen projects will sit for a few weeks until I complete this idea, and if it takes off I might do sequels or get another contract for another idea. How cool would that be?
Of course, I’d need to squeeze in some of the writing on the other stories between finishing and submitting this new idea, and getting in as many words on at least one other project so I feel like I am accomplishing something. I wrote three projects under contract right after Miami Spy Games, but none of them have been released so far. To the reader, they only see me not putting out new things and they move on to other authors. When I can set my own pace, I can put out work on some semblance of a schedule, but with a contract I have to honor it first and foremost (it is paying the bills, after all)…
Yeah, I guess I’ll stop crying like a bitch because someone likes me enough to offer me money in advance to write something… but I need to rethink my schedule again, and roll with the punches, and squeeze in one of these nineteen projects to complete before I forget what they were even about.
I might have touched on this idea but it bears repeating… because I say so. And if I already wrote a blog about it, I’m too lazy to look, and I want to come into this fresh, without reading what I’d written previously. The problem with being serious with this writing gig for the last 18 months is I tend to forget what came before. There’s also the fact I was in a much different place, physically and mentally, a year and a half ago.
I’ve been writing on and off since I was twelve, and releasing stories and novellas here and there since about 2000, but I tend to look at the last year or two as the time I got really serious about doing this as a hopeful career and not just a fun hobby. So far, so good…
And I consider myself a Horror author. There are those who consider me a Zombie author. I really just want to be an Author. But is that too late for me?
Fellow author Tim Baker and I were out and about the other night doing something very important (OK, we were once again drinking banana bread beer at Farley’s Irish Pub), and there was a guy there who pointed at me and said ‘Aren’t you the Zombie Guy?’
I get that every now and then, and it is such an ego stroke for me to be recognized not as the guy who seems to eat too much and hang out, but as the Zombie Guy. He didn’t recognize Tim Baker, but that’s another story.
When I sit and write all morning in Kokomo’s Cafe, customers come in and out and I talk to a few of them. The one day I wasn’t there? Owner Tina posted a shot of my empty seat (below) and I got so much crap from people calling me a slacker I had to get back to work the next day. And it was awesome… I’m getting the reputation around town and it’s pretty cool. And not for when I tear up the Chinese buffet anymore, either.
But what if I write a romantic comedy? An epic fantasy? A book with fuzzy lovable polar bears? Do I have to start all over again? Will my Horror and/or Zombie readers be willing to read it, or simply dismiss it? What if you read a funny book I wrote about a turtle family and then a reader loved it and picked up Highway To Hell, with a brutal opening? Would they run away, never to read another story from me?
I’m not interested in finding pen-names and starting again (I did it already with my erotica), but I never started writing Zombie stories to be known as the Zombie Guy. I started writing to be known as a Published Author. Or am I being an idiot? Isn’t it better to be known for something, sell some books, and keep living the dream?
I bring this up because I have a very non-Horror idea brewing in my head, and it won’t go away. Since I’m currently wading through Dying Days 3 I can push it off for a few weeks, but I know once this zombie book is finished the idea will jump right back at me front and center.
And, at this point, I think I need to write it. And see what happens…
Brent Abell (http://brentabell.wordpress.com/) was kind enough to pass me these questions along, and I am honored to answer them. Then I will choose three authors at the end to keep it going, and answer the questions themselves…
Questions for Armand Rosamilia
What are you working on right now?
Besides keeping my weight over 300 lbs.? I am in the midst of Dying Days 3, my continuing zombie story. I should have the first draft done by May 1st and then it goes to the editor, with a late June release planned. I’m also working on 16 other stories at once, too…
How does it differ from other works in its genre?
It is just better. OK, maybe it isn’t… but I like writing it, and other people like reading it so far. And it has zombies in it. But it’s more about the people. But it also has zombies in it.
What experiences have influenced you?
I think you need every experience to influence you, either good or bad. As a writer I’m constantly people watching and committing conversations or ideas to memory. Monday, for instance, I witnessed a sixty year old woman breaking up with her fifty year old boyfriend because his kids are ‘animals’, as she put it. I eavesdropped on the entire conversation, and added a character or two to a future story.
Why do you write what you do?
I can’t help it. I have always read horror and been fascinated by apocalyptic ideas and stories, so zombies are just another means to an end (pun intended). The old adage ‘write what you know’ applies to what you read a lot of as well. I’ve read a ton of horror books in my life so far.
How does your writing process work?
Better some days than others. I set a daily goal of 2,000 words and then attempt to get there between 8 am and noon Monday through Friday, and get up early on the weekends and hit my goals before the kids are fully awake and bothering me to eat.
What is the hardest part about writing?
The daily discipline. Some days I just want to play on Facebook and push it off until tomorrow. But then I know my goal for tomorrow will be 4,000 words and I’d be rushing. So I bust my butt to get it done. Or else.
What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?
Getting out of my comfort zone completely. I’d love to write a romantic comedy or a straight action thriller, or maybe even a historical dramatic piece. I’ve dabbled in erotica and enjoyed it, and I know straying too far away from horror might piss off my fan base, but I will eventually expand my range.
Who are the authors you most admire?
Anyone who braves the rejection and fear and just writes and completes a story. I run into so many people who swear they are going to write, and so many more who have something incomplete. Rare do you find someone who finished a story and submitted it or published it themselves, and then kept writing. I have over seventy stories/novellas/etc. on sale right now, and my goal is fifty times that… and that would be a lot of stories! (I can’t figure out the math on that)
Who are new authors to watch out for?
I was recently in the Fifty Shades of Decay anthology, and I found some amazing authors in there I will be reading more of. Some might not be new to you, but to me they are. I love when I read someone’s work and it blows me away and I have to pile on their back-list and catch up.
What scares you?
Fear of losing you… and dogs. Maybe dogs more.
Thanks for taking the time to read this senseless crap. If you want to read even more senseless crap, next Wednesday go over to see authors Tim Baker (http://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/), Tonia Brown (www.thebackseatwriter.com) and Lisa Woods (http://LisaWoodsWrites.com) as they answer these fascinating questions and try to outdo me with my subversively interesting answers.
I’m getting bored with the look of my website again, so this weekend I’ll be doing some minor changes and updating a few things (like the static pages with my books, etc.)
I’ll also be trimming out all the old posts that are time-sensitive or don’t mean anything anymore, adding new tags and categories to previous posts so they’re easier to find, and trying to make the pages look neater and nicer.
Some of the old posts are also being deleted in favor of culling them all together into an upcoming non-fiction book I’ve been thinking about doing for sometime… I’ll be putting all of my blog posts, random comments, ideas, complaints, stupidity, actual help, etc. into a new eBook release, and adding many new posts previously unread. It will hopefully show the progression of my career just over the last 18 months or so… more details coming soon.
Until then… remember, someone else has it worse than you…
When I first got into writing, I wanted to be a “serious” author. I never set out to be an author of zombie fiction. Of course, a very good teacher at the college level saw something in a zombie short that I wrote for her class and the rest is history so to speak.
Most of you who know me will know me because of the Zomblog series or the DEAD series. Believe me when I say this… I am so grateful for each reader. But what does a writer do when he is known primarily for scary monsters, “every-man” heroes, and sinister bad guys who roam the post-apocalyptic landscape of his (masculine pronoun being appropriate here since we are talking about me) mind? How does he carve out a new niche that will keep his core base of readers and hopefully appeal to more? After all, a writer’s goal should be to have his (or her… I can be sexually generic here since I am including all of us “writer” types) work read by the masses. Right?
When I sat down to write That Ghoul Ava, it was initially as a way to thank one of my first readers and fans. The woman I wrote this for used ‘ThatGhoulAva’ as her Twitter handle. Since she enjoys sarcastic humor and has quite the acerbic nature, I wanted Ava to be a character that she would relate to. However, I really enjoyed writing the short. As it developed in my mind, I was pretty certain that I had the makings of a very fun series if I pursued it.
Fast forward a few years and I finally decided to give Ava the time she deserved. The thing is, I am pretty sure that this series has the potential to be very successful. I made my living early in my radio days writing comedy bits for morning shows. My newest release, That Ghoul Ava & The Queen of the Zombies, is what I am billing as a horror comedy.
Comedy, while subjective, is much more “mainstream” than horror. Don’t get me wrong, I will never be able to turn my back on the walking dead. That would be like if I were the lead singer of Flock of Seagulls and tried to disown the song “I Ran” or something silly like that. However, I do believe that more of you zombie loving types will enjoy Ava. Whereas, if Ava becomes a commercial success, I don’t see as many Ava fans loving my DEAD or Zomblog books.
I guess that brings me to the point of this little semi-self-promotional missive. Can the people who love Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout series be okay when he strays off the path he has beaten so well and offers you Callis Rose (a winner for me, but I have seen mixed reviews from his fan base)? I love Brian Keene’s The Rising and City of the Dead, but I have read some of his other stuff and not been as impressed. David Wellington gave us Monster Island, Nation, and Planet. Then he went on to produce his 13 Bullets tale. I thought it was mediocre, and when he came back to zombies and wrote Plague Zone, it almost felt like he was doing it begrudgingly. It lacked the punch of his previous work… he lost his zombie mojo. I have said that Armand Rosamilia’s Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun is one of my favorites. But I know he has toyed with Cthulhu-themed Lovecraftian horror. I worry about reading it based on the fact that I so love his zombie stuff.
I liken this to music. Some bands reach a zenith and break in to mainstream popularity. After they “hit the big time” it almost seems like the people who loved them when nobody else did feel slighted by anything they produce after they have their first hit. (Metallica… anybody else with me on that one? Did Enter Sandman ruin one of the best bands of my generation?)
With writers who shift to something other than what they have become “known” for, can their readers accept that change? Or is there a sense of betrayal?
As loyal readers, I do look forward to seeing what you think about this… especially since I am about to embark on just such a journey. And is it a feeling of betrayal? Abandonment? Do you think the writer is getting too big for his britches? Do you look forward to seeing if they can turn you on to something new, but in the style that you have come to love? Or… do you wait for them to come crawling back with a story that fits the mold of what you came to love about them in the first place?
Patrick C. Greene was kind enough to let me post an unreleased Dying Days zombie short story on his blog, and I truly appreciate the support from him and his lovely wife Jennifer L. Greene (they like those middle initials in this family, apparently)…
It took me about 75 minutes to write a short story for Fifty Shades of Decay. It’s not because I’m a mutant whose superpower is wordsmithing huge volumes of work in nanoseconds. It’s because I was already thinking about how sexual relations would change during a zombie apocalypse.
Yeah, I’m weird that way.
If a survivor had a relatively secure location, would they abandon it for something that was vague, such as a large group of folks who had been through hell and picked up lots of firearms on the way back? Toss in the fast type of zombies instead of shamblers, and you’d have a lot to consider.
Sex is a powerful motivator, and I was weighing the battle between a sexual drive versus hiding out just trying not to get eaten by the old nosy lady who lived down the hall. Eventually it would come to a head (sorry), and someone would have to make a decision on the spot. If the zombie apocalypse happened today, I’d be glad I’m a grey-haired old coot instead of an attractive woman. With the breakdown of civilization, women would have a doubly-tough time fighting off both living and undead predators. As we’ve seen in the Walking Dead, men sure can be dumb-asses, and we will become one at the most inopportune time. Good thing women are smart enough to realize the dangers and make sure they aim carefully for a headshot from their AK-47.
My protagonist is a flawed person holed up in a Brooklyn brownstone. He’s reflecting on what he’s going to do. He has enough water and food to last a good while, but is it worth the effort? I wanted him to recall how he acted like a jerk to his old girlfriend and to come to terms with what he did before the world fell apart.
I also wanted his girlfriend to come back and give him a bit of his own medicine.
I’m a fan of strong women in fiction who are not dudes with boobs. Strong women are sexy as hell, and capable of handling almost any situation coming along without getting caught up in muscle-flexing, testosterone-spewing drivel. I find that the tough women are the ones who look beyond saving their own asses at the expense of others.
Thankfully, I was able to make my “zombie” more like an alpha female, and through her actions remind the protagonist that there’s a bit more to a relationship besides getting notches on bedposts.
I was surprised and humbled when the editors chose my story to open the anthology to set the tone. Not bad for 75 minutes of writing time and many hours of unplanned planning.
Guy Anthony De Marco is a nocturnal Bram Stoker Award® nominated speculative fiction author living in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Guy is a member of SFWA, IAMTW, SFPA, HWA, ASCAP, RMFW, NCW, and hopes to collect the rest of the alphabet one day.
Additional information can be found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Anthony_De_Marco and GuyAnthonyDeMarco.com, or at numerous conventions throughout the year, where he appears on dozens of panels.
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Pretty Kitty’s Post-Apocalyptic Porn Palace
I will start by saying that “Pretty Kitty’s Post- Apocalyptic Porn Palace” is my first story submission, ever. I was prodded into writing a story by my cousin, who can be a nag or a huge support, depending on how you want to paint the picture. All kidding aside, I am grateful that he didn’t let up on me and that he held the belief that I could do this. I was ecstatic to find out that we are both in the book together.
When I finally sat my ass down to write it, the story just flowed out, which surprised me given the subject matter. I wasn’t a zombie fan until my oldest son hooked me on The Walking Dead, and I wasn’t sure where to go with the erotica part when it came to mixing in zombies. In order to save myself the embarrassment of getting too pornographic, I wrote the story in a way that forces ones imagination to do that for each person individually. I love the other stories and their descriptions but I know that I can get carried away.
In all honesty, I think the story flowed so easily because I am Pretty Kitty. Yikes, I probably just scared away every man on the planet! My name “Jolie Chaton” translates into “Pretty Kitten” in French, so I brought her to life with my own strengths, weaknesses, humor and impatience with arrogance.
Oh and my underlying anger, can’t forget that!
Another thought was that women are too often portrayed as the “weaker” gender in situations like this and I was not going to write that. I am not weak, and Pretty Kitty wasn’t going to be either, so she just did what I would do in a zombie apocalypse. When my adult son, Zachary, read my story he rolled his eyes and said, “Really mom, you used yourself?”
I admit that when this all first came to fruition I was giddy, I suppose I still am, but it was a little difficult to say “zombie” and “erotica” in the same sentence when anyone asked what the book was about. My mom never even asked me what it was about and I assume that she heard from my aunt and maybe just didn’t want to travel down that path.
I am sure she will eventually because the “say what is on your mind” gene runs deep in this family. I am proud of myself. This is a huge accomplishment that I stumbled in to and I still giggle every time I think about it. It is surreal in many ways. It has really been a fun adventure and a privilege to be “in” with this group of talented authors.
I totally want to get on the ride again.
Sb Knight was nice enough to let me guest blog on his site this week, and I want to thank him… and apologize for all the things I’ve been saying about him… oh, and the billboards in his hometown… my bad.
The amazing Emily Walker was kind enough to let me run a Guest Blog on her site! Go show the love, people!
I chat about book covers!
Lori Michelle let me on her blog, talking about writing goals… and I’m joined by a few good author friends as well, offering their own opinion…
When Armand suggested that I write a guest BLOG, I was a little perplexed. Besides the fact we both like eating whole boxes of cookies, what do we have in common? Okay… I made a movie, Island of the Cannibal Death Gods… and he liked it. He wrote a book… Dying Days, and I liked that. But is that enough to warrant him allowing me to share my thoughts, experiences… nay… even my dreams with his vast audience… I guess so.
He suggested that I tell people about who I am and what I’m working on. Now of course, having been raised on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, my response generally skews from the ludicrous to an outright lie. So rather than possibly bore you with a biography of my life… I will present you with five facts and I promise at least three of them are true.
1) I’ve been to the fringes of outer space in one of those 0-G planes.
2) I was once the promoter of a music festival.
3) I’ve sat in a theatre that shows porno movies and talked baseball with Paul Newman
4) I’m currently challenging Stephen Colbert to a contest of Lord of the Rings trivia. (OK, this one is real! Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCvbOddYUV4)
5) I once got into a very heated debate, with director Peter Bogdonavich, in a film theory class.
That should tell you everything you should want to know about me.
Okay… what am I working on. Well for starters, as I said before, I made a movie, Island of the Cannibal Death Gods. It was my first feature film and served two purposes for me. First, it allowed me to prove to myself that I could make a feature film, and second it allowed me to share my love of something… “B” horror films. As a kid, we had a show on Saturday mornings called Creature Features. You would get to see 2 horror/science fiction/thriller movies every Saturday from 10am – 1pm. The choice of movie generally fell into 3 categories. Giant rubber monster movie from Japan. Classic Universal monster movie from the 30’s & 40’s. Bad drive-in horror movie.
Now we call those movies bad, in a nostalgic way. As a kid, I loved all those movies and the cheesier the better. Even today… give me a guy in a rubber suit, chasing around girls in bikini’s with visible boom mic’s, cheesy dialogue and bad acting over any $100 million dollar sci-fi or horror film, shot in front of a green screen. So when it came time to make my film, it had to be one of those three. Not having any money narrowed my choices down to homage to bad “B” drive-in horror movie. If you haven’t seen it, why not? You can get it off Amazon for the price of a biscuit. If you want to see all the behind the scenes stuff… you can order the DVD from my website listed below.
So that’s what I did… now, what am I doing? Well to the regular readers of Armand’s BLOG, the most interesting thing I’m working on is trying to get Dying Days made into a movie. The screenplay is already finished and now we’re into… “WHERE”S THE MONEY GONNA COME FROM?” phase. I’ve also finished another screenplay, a zombie themed horror/dark comedy Why Won’t Wendy Die? I have a third screenplay that’s almost finished and it’s my first ever actual “scare the crap out of the audience” horror film titled Blood Moon. Finally, I’m working with legendary grind house filmmaker William Grefe’, to bring him back into the director’s chair for a film he also wrote… Marooned. This will be my third project with Bill. My little on-line distribution company also distributes his Seminar on Independent Film-making, and also the restored version of his lost film… The Devil’s Sister’s.
So, that’s my life in a nutshell. If anyone out there knows any millionaire’s that want to make movies… send ‘em our way. BTW… thanks for taking the time to read my guest post here. It’s a busy world and there are a lot of demands on people’s time… thanks for taking the time to hear about me.
When I saw the call for submissions for Fifty Shades of Decay, I just knew I had to get involved. The opportunity to write something as wonderfully and disturbingly disgusting as zombie erotica was just far too tempting to pass up.
I’m a lifelong horror fan, having spent my teen years watching classic horror movies with my younger brother, working my way through the Point Horror book series before moving on to trashy adult horror novels. But it was only 3 years ago, when I started reading Stephen King and started writing short stories that everything came together. My first horror short was published in early 2011 and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I wrote my story for Fifty Shades of Decay, entitled ‘Being Superhuman’, just after Christmas, while I was at my parents’ house. Each evening, once I’d put my son to bed, I would pull out my laptop and type away. And I delighted in telling my family what I was writing.
I’ve never tired of watching people’s faces as they process the idea of zombie erotica. They nod openly at first, but then I watch the idea sink in. Confusion, disgust, fear, and finally intrigue. That’s the best bit; the moment when they realize they actually want to read zombie erotica.
And I must admit, I’ve been conflicted myself. I’ve swung between feeling coy and embarrassed, to feeling brazen and liberated.
When I started thinking about what to write, my first priority was to break away from any cliche or overused stereotype, and that started with my characters. Cheeky, independent, capable, and sexually liberated; my female main character, Carmilla, was born. Making the most of every situation, Carmilla didn’t lament the loss of the world she knew, she viewed the zombie apocalypse as a great excuse to wear her favourite leather outfit. It’s the way I’d like to think I’d tackle the same situation, although in all honesty, I think I’d be one of the first ones dead.
I struggled a little with the erotica aspect of the story; not having written it before. I wasn’t sure how graphic to be, or what portion of the story should be sex. After a few false starts, I turned to the old adage to ‘write what you know’. I may not know erotica, but I do know horror. Once I sorted in my head that I was writing horror with a sex element, rather than writing erotica in a horror setting, the story flowed from there.
I love zombies, and I love the way they’ve changed and adapted over the years. From braindead creatures, to intelligent pack animals, to comedy stars, they’ve been interpreted in so many different ways. And it’s interesting how scared, and how fascinated we are by this back-to-basics form of humanity; people acting on pure survival instinct, instincts we repress in our need to claim ourselves as ‘civilized’.
But one thing I never thought zombies could be, was sexy. Boy, was I wrong!
Angeline Trevena was born and bred in a rural corner of South West England where she still lives above a milkshake shop with her husband, their son, and a neurotic cat. She is a fantasy and horror writer, poet and journalist. Her short stories have been published by Mirador Publishing, Crooked Cat Publishing and Angelic Knight Press. Some years ago she worked at an antique auction house and religiously checked every wardrobe that came in to see if Narnia was in the back of it. She hasn’t stopped looking yet.
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