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earp1While most people go to Disneyland while in Southern California, Jeani Rector went to the Fangoria Weekend of Horror there instead. She grew up watching the Bob Wilkins Creature Feature on television and lived in a house that had the walls covered with framed Universal Monsters posters. It is all in good fun and actually, most people who know Jeani personally are of the opinion that she is a very normal person. She just writes abnormal stories. Doesn’t everybody?

Jeani Rector is the founder and editor of The Horror Zine and has had her stories featured in magazines such as Aphelion, Midnight Street, Strange Weird and Wonderful, Dark River Press, Macabre Cadaver, Ax Wound, Horrormasters, Morbid Outlook, Horror in Words, Black Petals, 63Channels, Death Head Grin, Hackwriters, Bewildering Stories, Ultraverse, and others.

Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest anthology, SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE. When did you start writing and what got you into horror?

A: When I was a little girl, I spent nearly every Saturday night at my best friend’s house. We would try to stay up late and watch the Bob Wilkin’s Creature Feature here in Sacramento. (I say try because we always fell asleep on the floor in front of the TV). Wilkins always showed gothic vampire films and B-grade monster mashes.

That started my love of the genre…and then came Carrie by Stephen King. Need I say more?

Q: Did you have a mentor who encouraged you?

A: It’s always a teacher, isn’t it? My fifth-grade teacher told my mother: “Encourage her writing and discourage her artwork.” Ha! That says something about my drawing ability.

Q: Did you have any struggles or difficulties when you started writing?

A: Oh god, yes. Before computers, there was the typewriter and gobs of White Out. Then technology advanced, making writing better for everyone. Embrace technology! The “good old days” are really the “difficult old days.”

11736839-22769210-thumbnailQ: What was your inspiration for putting together SHADOW MASTERS?

A: My inspiration is to combine best-selling writers with the talented lesser-knowns. SHADOW MASTERS is the first time The Horror Zine has compiled original, never-before seen works from horror greats such as Bentley Little, Yvonne Navarro, Scott Nicholson, Melanie Tem, Elizabeth Massie, Earl Hamner, Simon Clark, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Ronald Malfi, Lisa Morton, Jeff Bennington, JG Faherty and many others; this amazing collection of works also includes a Foreword from Joe R. Lansdale.

Q: Do you have any short story plotting secrets? Do you use index cards or special software?

A: I have written the “secrets” for short story writing that can be found in the June issue of The Horror Zine (under TIPS) available now at http://www.thehorrorzine.com.

Q: What do you tell your muse when she refuses to collaborate?

A: I say “I’ll be back” and file it in my “unfinished” folder. Then I work on something else. Or go out and enjoy the day. The point is, you cannot force your muse. She comes to you.

Q: Many writers experience a vague anxiety before they sit down to write. Can you relate to this?

A: Not really. Writing is like your job: you set aside a certain amount of time each day. If your muse is uncooperative, then you can always do edits on what you have previously written.

Q: How do you celebrate the completion of an anthology?

A: Splash it all over The Horror Zine, Facebook, and Shocklines!

Q: What do you love most about the writer’s life?

A: Well, you have to understand that I am also an editor. I think I like that best, because I get opportunities to work with the most talented (and nicest) people in the world.

Q:  Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

A: The Horror Zine is always seeking fiction, poetry and art from morbidly creative people. Come visit us at http://www.thehorrorzine.com.

Purchase SHADOW MASTERS from Amazon (paperback) and on Kindle.

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We welcome today O.S. Gill, author of the new sci-fi fantasy ‘THE KNIGHTS OF GALARIA: THE CRYSTALS OF POWER.’  O.S. is on a virtual book tour and is stopping off at The Dark Phantom! O.S.  grew up on the Caribbean island of Barbados. He was educated at The Lodge School, a 300-year-old former British boarding school and the second oldest learning institution on the island. A certified information technology professional, he has worked for The Banks Holdings Limited, a local conglomerate that owns the local brewery (Banks Beer) and Coca-Cola manufacturing plant for fourteen years. A Systems Analyst, he has been positioned in various capacities, primarily dealing with sales and distribution, as well as the sourcing and implementation of new technologies to further business efficiency.

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O.S. GillWould you call yourself a born writer?

Yes, I would call myself a born writer.

What was your inspiration for The Knights of Galaria?

Well, I have always wanted to write a novel. When I attended a pop culture convention a few years ago, I got the inspiration to finally be disciplined enough to not only start, but complete a novel. So over the course of the next few months I carefully crafted the world and the storyline that I would write about, and that’s how I ended up writing The Knights of Galaria.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to explore adventure, friendship and the triumph of good over evil.

The Knights of GalariaHow long did it take you to complete the novel?

It took me eight months end to end.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

For the most part in writing this novel I was. Although, there was a time when inspiration just was not hitting me, and I didn’t write a single word for almost two weeks. In a typical writing day I would put in about three hours work or about five or six pages.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Finding the time during my schedule.

What do you love most about being an author?

Having people read my work. It is a very rewarding feeling.

What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I self-published. It was a lot of leg work, as is probably expected. I am very happy with the decision; I believe that self-publishing will play a much bigger role in works to come.

Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me at my website www.osgill.com or follow me on Twitter @galarianation

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Carol Nicolas lives in northern Utah (USA) with her husband. A native of Canada, she attended BYU-Idaho (formerly Ricks College) and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah USA). A teacher, mother of five, wearer of silly socks, and fan of sci-fi/fantasy books and films, she enjoys growing herbs and vegetables, painting, and researching her family history. She likes rock, pop, Celtic and classical music. She has traveled throughout Europe; her favorite city there is Paris, though the romance of Venice is a close second. She speaks American English (with a Canadian accent after she has been talking with her Canadian family on the telephone for just a few minutes), as well a basic modern Greek, which she studied for 4 years to be able to communicate with her husband’s family on their bi-annual trips to Greece. Her deepest secret: she hides chocolate in her desk for emergencies!

Her latest book is the YA paranormal, The Sixth Power.

You can visit Carol’s blog site at http://carolnicolas.wordpress.com

Carol NicolasWould you call yourself a born writer?

I’ve always been fascinated by storytelling in all its forms, but I started writing stories and poems as a teenager.

What was your inspiration for The Sixth Power?

I had the most interesting dream about three siblings sitting together in a crowded room, and the older sister and brother were breathing for their little sister.  When I woke up, I thought, Hmmm.  That would make a good story.  So I began to write.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?  

I explore love, good versus evil, heroism, responsibility, growing up, forgiveness, healing from trauma, developing talents, love…

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

From the first time I dreamed about the characters to the day The Sixth Power was published, it was five years, but I didn’t work continually on the same story.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.  

I can’t say I’m disciplined, as my regular life seems to encroach on my writing time way too much.  But here’s my schedule:  get up, have breakfast, get son off to school, exercise, tidy house, write, lunch, write, pick up son, run errands, make supper, eat, do dishes, write, go to bed, read, sleep.  If I had no other distractions, I’d probably spend almost all day writing.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The biggest challenge was learning how to take constructive criticism, because whenever someone made a suggestion on what wasn’t working or needed to be changed, my initial reaction was, “NOOOO!”

What do you love most about being an author?

I love the process of creating characters and putting them into situations, and then just seeing where they go from there.  They take on a life of their own.  It’s really fascinating.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I self published.  Marketing is a whole different animal from writing, and it requires a different set of skills.  Thanks to my wonderful husband, I haven’t had to shoulder all of the marketing myself, but I would gladly let a traditional publisher handle it next time.  However, the trend seems to be for authors to do more of their marketing, so perhaps it’s a good thing I started out this way.

Where can we find you on the web?

web/blog

http://carolnicolas.wordpress.com

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/carolnicolaswriter

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/carolcnicolas

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6906036.Carol_Nicolas

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The Sixth Power

About the Book:

Tania Westing, a high school senior, is one of the Gifted Ones, descendants of an ancient family with seven special powers. Some of the powers are common, and some are rare.

Until her geneticist brother Tom was murdered, Tania lived an ordinary life. Now hidden in her mind is a clue that will reveal Tom’s research, including secret formulas to unlock all seven powers. During spring break, Tania meets and falls in love with handsome Dan Maclean. When Tania reveals her rare power to heal, the evil Gifted Ones who killed Tom suspect Tania has his research and formulas and come after her. Tania must learn to use her powers to help save Dan’s sister in time to keep Tom’s secrets safe.

Purchase your copy:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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