THE NEXT BIG THING “HORROR” BLOG HOP
Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop – a creepy edition.
Please allow me to properly explain what this is, and give the respect and thanks due and owed to the author that tagged me for the blog hop.
What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books, as well as a link to a group of some talented, dark and sinister, slightly demented, and blood of my blood authors [Pen of the Damned] you can explore and get to know.
First of all I want to express my gratitude to fellow author K.B. Owen for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following links to learn more about K.B. and her book.
Website: K.B. Owen, mystery writer http://kbowenmysteries.com/posts/the-next-big-thing/ . Check her site for the latest info about pre-ordering her upcoming book.
In this blog hop, I have answered a few questions about myself and my work-in-progress. I have also placed a link for a pretty Damned good group of authors whose ability to create angst with a single stroke of their Pen might leave a few of us hiding under the bed.
There is a big difference between this blog hop and many others. I’m not passing this on to a few specific authors. Nope. In my portion of this blog hop, I am going to pass the ball to the enigmatic group “Pen of the Damned”.
Pen of the Damned is a collective site for the work of the group’s members. The group takes turns writing and posting stories. The work is great. Not all of the members have active blogs, so the dynamics of this blog hop are different. But the individual and collective writing of the authors in this group is fantastic.
I’ve bloodied my feet and tormented my ghoulish mind in the difficult journey to hunt down these Damned souls that are, without doubt, heinously wicked traffickers of horror. But I didn’t want to place anybody on the spot. In the end, I decided to leave only the sanguine passing of my steps at their door, hoping they would respond in kind, rather than thinking “Tis the wind and nothing more.”
After you read this fantastically entertaining morsel, (this is meant to be a nearly subliminal message) and get the sudden and overpowering desire to buy my book, please check out Pen of the Damned http://penofthedamned.com/
In the meantime, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.
Here is my Next Big Thing
1: What is the working title of your book?
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
This book is the sequel to my first book – Smite the Damned. As I was nearing the end of Smite the Damned, I already had a pretty good idea of where the sequel was going. For me it was a natural chain of events born from the events in the first book.
To be honest, Realm Crossing was much more fun to write because I was completely engrossed and captivated by the story unfolding in my head. I can’t wait for people to read it.
3: What genre does your book come under?
This is such a hard question for me. I’m not sure how to classify it. It’s dark – be sure of that.
I know, I know, I didn’t answer the question. I would say it falls under paranormal thriller and horror. There is blood. There is death. There are people and beings that I want you to fear, loath and detest, but there is also the struggle of the imperfect.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jesse Williams (The cabin in the woods) would play the protagonist. I think he would be perfect for the character of Keith Da Silva. The dude looks like a match.
The role of the primary antagonist would have to be a very beautiful female that could bring hell itself to its knees. She would have to be cold in a sensual way, and leave you feeling as scared as you are excited. I think Charlize Theron would do a great job with this, or I would go with Francia Raise or Anna Paquina.
(Now all we need is the movie deal) 😉
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“A beautiful demon’s consort threatens to cripple Keith’s struggle against the damned.”
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
My book is self-published. Why? Thanks for asking. Well, simply because I chose to write in my extra time rather than try to get picked up by a publisher. Maybe I will revisit the idea after I get a few more books under my belt. As for right now, I LOVE writing.
I have three more novel length ideas that I have written down and will start working on as soon as I finish this trilogy.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about 4 months. Most of my writing is done while I commute to work, so my time is limited.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That is a tough question. I don’t have a good answer for you….
I would love feedback on this question from my readers. What is it similar to? Hmmm.. You are going to buy the book since I enchanted you earlier with my amazing skills in subliminal messaging, so I will wait and see what you think. *sinister laugh*
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My head is constantly full of stories and scenarios. If I have access to a pen or a computer, I have something to say. The inspiration comes from a fair amount of exposure to the darker elements of society, as well as exposure to things that go bump in the night. When you combine that kind of exposure with the literature I grew up reading, my imagination puts the story on a mental rack and starts to turn the wheel.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
How about a little excerpt from the book? Since my readers will most likely be interested in something dark, or something outré, I will leave you with a taste of one of the demons to be found in this book……
A dark form started to emerge from the tar-like substance in the ground. Black hair clung to the head of what appeared to be a woman. Her face was dark. She had full lips and cavernous eyes. The demon rose sedately from the liquefied earth. Two muscular arms pulled stray hairs away from her face as she stepped out of the hole. A second pair of smaller arms stuck out of her elongated torso. One of the smaller arms held a bowl made from the top half of a skull, while the other gripped an ornate dagger. The demon’s full breasts appeared dark in the night air, glinting from the moisture of the substance she just emerged from, and swayed heavily with her authoritative movements. She wore a yellow loincloth adorned with bones of various sizes. Her strong legs and bare feet looked soft but calloused. Her beauty and macabre appearance were a mesmerizing dichotomy that was impossible to not watch.
Baal bowed slightly to her, and then turned to face the chained spirits. “I give you the demon Kali, the Dark Mother of Death. She is the Destroyer.”
Thanks for reading this. As I mentioned earlier, check out Pen of the Damned. This talented group of writers deserves to be read. Check them out. My thanks again to Kathy, as well as to Joseph Pinto and a few other authors at Pen of the Damned that expressed interest in this blog hop.