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16
Jun
10

Interview with Jennifer Hudock

I recently had the opportunity to interview an up and coming author and force within the podcast community, Jennifer Hudock.

Q: Who is Jennifer Hudock?

Jennifer Hudock is a dark entity from the 9th dimension who was sent here to record data on human behavior so the Old Ones can formulate an effective destruction strategy. In all seriousness, I am a writer, poet, podcaster and editor just trying to get my work out to as many people as I can.

Q: Tell us about the Dark Journeys collection.

The Dark Journeys Short Story collection is a batch of short stories I have tried to have traditionally published over the course of the last five years, to no avail. The first ten stories in the collection have all been either rejected repeatedly, or published in small, nonpaying markets during that time frame.

Q: What can readers expect from these stories?

The unexpected. There are zombies, faeries, ghosts, robots, murderers… It’s a mix-bag of dark fantasy and horror fiction with more emphasis on the horror genre.

Q: Why sell the stories separately rather than as a single volume and do you plan to do so in the future?

Selling them separately is something of an experiment. I figured if I could give a wide variety of people a handful of samples, they might be more inclined to check out more of my work, especially my podcast novel, Goblin Market, which I am currently giving away for free on my website and iTunes. I am planning to combine twelve stories at the end of the journey into one volume and sell it as a short fiction anthology with a bonus short story that most people I know haven’t read yet, even though it was published in a George Romero inspired print anthology.

Q: Will there be any surprises for those who are already familiar with the collection?

I like to hope so. All of the stories are very different from one another, since they cross genres, and I have high hopes that each one is unique enough to surprise readers.

Q: How long have you been writing and in which genres?

I have been writing for about twenty-four years. I started writing little horror and romantic stories when i was eleven years old and never stopped. I prefer to write in dark fantasy and horror, but have been known to dabble in science fiction as well.

Q: Are there any real life experiences that have influenced your writing?

Absolutely. Every life experience is fodder for the muse. I went through a lot of dark and twisted things as a child that probably warped my mind a little, and every time I write something it’s like beating my inner-demons into submission.

Q: Why did you choose to go the self-publishing route?

I was a little frustrated and jaded with the traditional market for awhile. I tried to get my work published for years, with little luck and I watched a friend of mine go through some hardship with so-called traditional publishing that made me want to take a few things into my own hands. Does that mean I wouldn’t like to traditionally publish a novel at some point? No way! But I do feel like I have a little more control and creative freedom when it comes to putting my work out there.

Q: You’ve been releasing ‘The Goblin Market’; an original, dark fantasy novel, as a podcast. Can you tell us a little about that?

Goblin Market is a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who discovers who she really is after she’s drawn into the faerie realm by the Goblin King, who poisoned her younger sister. It was inspired by the Christina Rossetti poem of the same name. It is currently available as a free download on my website and iTunes, but I am also working on edits so I can put together a print and electronic edition for sale. I’ve also had some people talk to me briefly about turning it into a graphic novel, but there is nothing concrete yet.

Q: What made you decide to begin podcasting your stories? And,

I love listening to people tell stories. Even more than that, I love to tell stories, so when I discovered podcasting in 2009, I was intrigued by the idea of recording my own stories and getting them out to more people.

Q: What impact do you think it’s had on the number of readers you’ve reached?

Goblin Market was just sitting on my flash drive collecting space dust before I started podcasting. At the time I had no expectations as to how it would fare out in the audio world. I just wanted to get it out there so I felt like I was doing something proactive. Because of the generosity of the podcast community, through word of mouth and exchanging promos, it’s gotten a lot of downloads even though I have yet to upload it to podiobooks.com.

Q: Do you find there’s a great deal of competition among creative types to get their work noticed?

I think creative types are inherently competitive, but on the other hand, many of us tend to be very insecure. We sort of thrive on one another’s support and feedback in a way that tones down the competition to a comfortable level. Networking with other creators has been a huge inspiration, which actually prompted my fiance and I to start a creator’s community called The Creative Alliance. Our goal with that community was to draw creative types of every ilk together in one place, and provide support, encouragement and inspiration to one another in hopes that as a community we could move forward and make a major impact on the creative world as a group.

Surprisingly, it has worked out much the way we envisioned when we first started talking about it, which is a beautiful thing. We work together as a group to help promote each other, critique each other, brainstorm together and support one another. The power of community is incredible, and I would love to see more people get actively involved.

Q: (Is there anything else you want readers to know?)

I am currently piecing together and editing two fiction anthologies: From the Dark Side and Farrago, that will be released electronically later in 2010 on Smashwords and Amazon, and if they go over well, there are also plans to put them into print.

From the Dark Side was an idea I cooked up with Patrick Pillars to get the creative community together in one place where they could showcase their work and get word out about their other endeavors. Once published, it will sell for about $4.99 and all proceeds will be donated to the Letters and Light organization, which is a youth creative writing program affiliated with NaNoWriMo.

Farrago was an idea my fiance, James Melzer, and I came up with to help raise money to fund my friend Michael Bekemeyer’s film project. He was talking about turning his screenplay into a film one afternoon, noodling over how much money he would need to actually do it, and a little frustrated at the prospects. We asked people if they would be interested in contributing to an anthology to help raise some funds, and the response was overwhelming. It just goes to show what kind of community we are all a part of, and it’s amazing.
You can follow Jennifer at any of the following

Official website: http://jennybeans.net
Real TV Addict: http://www.realtvaddict.com/author/jhudock/
Vivastic: http://www.vivastic.com/author/jhudock/
Nice Dwells: http://www.nicedwells.com/author/jhudock/
Twirlit: http://www.twirlit.com/author/jenh/
The Creative Alliance: http://tca.spruz.com/

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25
May
10

Marty Young interviewed for The Masters of Horror Anthology

Marty Young interviewed by Karen Johnson Mead for the anthology:
Masters of Horror: The Anthology.
Published by Triskaideka Books
Where did you come up with your anthology idea?
This story was written back in 2007. It’s actually based on a true story. I was living in Canberra (ACT) during the 2003 bushfires, living in the suburb of Kambar, which was one of the heavily hit places. I woke up that day to a surreal world, headed out (through necessity) to the supermarket and found it filled with frightened people, then when I came out, noon had become pitch black. The fire front reached the house across the road from me before the wind took it back upon itself. So the story idea was really given to me. All I had to do was survive.
How long did it take for you to put together your story?
Not long at all. I think the first draft only took a couple of days to write. The revisions always take me longer.
Why did you submit your MoH story – was it one you have had for a while or one that you put together especially for the Anthology?
Fireflies of the Bushfire is a story I’ve been proud of since I wrote it, but for whatever reason, I never got around to actively submitting it anywhere. When this anthology came along, I thought brilliant!
What research / preparation did you do for your story?
I usually do a whole heck of a lot of research for my stories—this probably stems from me being a scientist during daylight hours. Research is part of the job, so that obviously carries over into my fiction writing. My stories have to be grounded in fact, they have to be realistic, or else I won’t believe in them.
General Questions
Why do you write horror? What is the fascination in it for you?
I don’t choose to write horror; I just write whatever stories turn up in my head. Most of the time, these stories are pretty dark, although I prefer the ‘quiet horror’ side of things. All that blood and guts isn’t for me. I like the shadows, the monsters hiding in the dark, the things you hear but don’t quite see. I reckon that works far better than the violent in-your-face stories and flicks that are so common.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing back in the early 1990’s, but somehow got waylaid by science and geology before I got anywhere. In 2002, I was in the early stages of my PhD and feeling the pressure, so I began escaping into fiction again. As a consequence, I founded the Australian Horror Writers Association (and have acted as the President since our official launch in 2005). But it wasn’t until I finished my studies in 2006 that I started spending more time on writing fiction. The problem here though was that I’d spent over a decade writing science, and that is a whole world away from fiction; it’s taken a long time to be able to separate the Dr Marty Young from Marty Young, the writer. And running the AHWA didn’t help matters either, because when I should have been writing I was building the organisation. It’s only this year that I finally decided my writing had to come first.
Why do you write?
I write because I love writing, I love creating stories, and because I need to write. Ideas spiral into my head and I need to write them out. I also think that writing keeps me balanced. It stops me from going postal – only kidding. I think….
What are you currently working on?
I’ve been spending the majority of my time lately on my novel, actually. I’ve been working with an editor friend in the States, who has pulled my novel apart and demanded I do better. In March this year, I finally finished the last edits of the story, got my editor’s approval, and am now working on writing a synopsis and researching agents. My editor (Paula) has been brilliant; she’s really made me pull my finger out, and the end result is something of which I’m immensely proud. The next step will be to submit it to agents, and that, I imagine, will be a horror story in itself!
Please include a little blurb about yourself (that you didn’t put in the Anthology) a bit about you as a person, your writing habits / styles etc. Something so the reader of the interview gets to know who you are.
I grew up in Hawkes Bay, and take particular delight in watching the All Blacks win. I’m also a massive cricket fan, but this isn’t always as much fun being a kiwi… I’m a geologist by day, but once the day is done, dinner finished, and my time my own, I slink away to my study, put on loud cranky music, and write for at least an hour a day. It’s a schedule I keep religiously. I’m far more comfortable writing novels than short stories though, and am 1/3 the way through my next novel. But still those pesky short stories hound me, forcing me to take time away from my novel writing to clear them from my head. And yep, I’m a massive Stephen King and Clive Barker fan, but I’m also a new fan of Charles L Grant (can’t believe I haven’t read Grant’s work before now! That’s just embarrassing). My blog is http://martyyoung.blogspot.com/ and my AHWA Member’s Page is http://australianhorror.com/member_pages.php?page=2 – oh, and I love scotch!

01
Mar
10

Jeremy C. Shipp Audio Interview Release

****Here is the scorecard so far (TUE night) still need 7 new subscribers, need 11 more followers on twitter to reach 1000, Still no new comments on the site, need 2 more reviews on ITunes. Any combination of 2 of these things and I release on Wednesday***********

It is complete, and while I’d like to release it early, like now, I have a duty to myself and the site to make the most of this momentous opportunity to interview someone of this caliber. However, I also owe a debt of gratitude to all of the listeners who make it possible for me to continue doing this thing I enjoy, and so, I’m willing to make you all a deal. I will release the interview early, as well as his story “Those Below” read by Paul E. Cooley when two or more of the following things happen.

1. I bring in 20 new subscribers to the ShadowCast Audio Anthology

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2. I reach 1000 Followers on Twitter

3. I get 5 new reviews on Itunes.

4. Ten new comments on any story on the site. Just go to the Episode Archive and leave a comment

5. Friday comes and I release as scheduled

Additionally, anyone who completes tasks #3 will be put in a drawing for a signed copy of Eyes and Knives by Pete Malicki (If you do Leave a review on ITunes, leave a comment here as well so I can get in touch with you if your name is drawn for the giveaway)
The ShadowCast Audio Anthology

01
Feb
10

Questions Requested for the upcoming Jeremy C. Shipp Interview

*****Closed for Questions****

I’ll be interviewing Jeremy Shipp in a few weeks and as such I know many of us who are fans have read multiple interviews with the King of the Gnomes. I have a few questions I’d like to ask, but I’m going to open it up to you, the fans. I’ll give you the opportunity to leave your question here in the comments section. From those submitted I will compile a list to ask when the time comes. I’ve left the timeline open for the interview, but would like to have all the questions within the next two weeks. So try to get me your questions by Valentines day. Ask anything you wish, just be aware I probably will not be able to take all of them, so be original.  I’ll post the interview the same week i post the audio of his new story “Those Below” so keep an eye out and get to work thinking of what you’d like to ask.

Tick tock

JW