Author Meet & Greet!

Welcome to Author Meet & Greet

Here, you will have an opportunity to meet authors,  connect with them through their social media links (if they choose to share them), and purchase their works.

The 4 most current interviews will be posted here. Older ones may be found under the Archive: Author Meet & Greet on the front page.

 

**Jack Ketchum’s Interview from December 2017 is PINNED at the bottom of this page**

 

 

So, without further ado, let’s get to know

Meet & Greet Author:  #120

Jackie Lawson

 

 

Name: Jackie Lawson

Pseudonym (if you use one): J Lawson

 

Genre(s) of your work: So far I have YA/NA fantasy and LQBTQIA+ humor. I have some general fiction and general fantasy in the pipelines as well!

 

 

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

The Amulets:  2019

The Convergence: 2019

Zippers, Three Way Kisses, and Other Absurdities: My Life As An Ally: 2019

(Seems like a lot in one year, but I had these backlogged before I decided to self publish)

 

Bio:

Lawson was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa.

From an early age, Lawson loved reading and excelled in language arts. In junior high, she began writing poetry and short fiction. In high school, she had an article published in a local newsletter advocating tolerance and equality.

In college, Lawson majored in English Literature with the intention of teaching college level English. There, she worked on the school’s literary magazine, where she also published a few of her poems.

After college, Lawson moved to Peoria, Illinois, where she found a position with a nurse case management company as an administrative editor. She also developed a writing training program for the company to implement.

Lawson met her husband in 2008. They were married in 2013 and have a son, DJ, who is 9. They also have three dogs, Bailey, Loki, and Kratos.

The Amulets is Lawson’s debut novel. The idea came to her in 2015 from a short dream and, through the course of discussion with her best friend of over twenty years, it was developed into the outline for a fantasy trilogy series.  Lawson started writing The Amulets in 2017, finishing her first draft in 2018, and publishing in February of 2019. While processing edits, she started on the second book in the series, The Convergence, which she published in June of 2019. The final installment in the trilogy should arrive in 2020.

Lawson also recently published an LGBTQIA+ humor memoir titled Zippers, Three-Way Kisses, and Other Absurdities: My Life As An Ally. Based on real events, the book follows a girl through ten formative years of her life from first introduction to the LGBTQ culture to almost complete immersion.

Lawson plans to continue writing, delving into general fiction as well as more fantasy, and is even considering a spin-off novel for a secondary character in her fantasy trilogy.

 

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

I enjoy the freedom in fantasy. Not everything has to have a scientific explanation and that allows for much more imaginative scenarios to otherwise regular/mundane/ordinary situations and experiences. My preference is to write relatable stories with just one or two elements that turn things on their sides.

 

 

How has writing changed/altered your life?

I’ve always known reading and writing were good outlets for emotions of all kinds. I wanted to write a novel when I was much younger, but I always seemed to run out of steam before the halfway point. I feel like I personally hadn’t lived enough or experienced enough to be able to fully develop that part of my writing brain. I’m so excited to finally be at the point where I can bring these stories I think up to fruition!

 

 

Who are your favorite authors and why?

I cling to certain authors depending on my moods. I adore JR Ward for the edgy/angsty moods, Karen Marie Moning for the fantastical and dramatic moods, and Janet Evanovich for the happy moods. There is never a time where I’m not in the mood for a good classic from Jane Austin and Dickens (both Charles and Emily) to Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. I love how their work is timeless and valid through any time/age/

 

 

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I have to be careful here because I worked for one for many years! I appreciate that brick and mortar bookstores of ANY kind still exist. The experience of spending hours in a bookstore, looking at anything and everything, it one that still thrills me. With shopping in general spiraling quickly to online dominance, it scares me that this experience will be lost to future generations. That being said, I also strongly support local independent bookstores and try to do most of the events I participate in at those stores to bring in community support and awareness.

 

 

How much does personal experience play in your written work? 

It really depends on the work. In my fantasy works, I like to write some of my own communication characteristics into them, however I want to keep myself fairly removed as well. There’s always a little something of myself in what I write, simply because that’s where I came from. It’s just easier to be objective when I’m not writing myself into a work. Zippers is a little bit different in that it’s about 95% autobiographical, but it was also originally only going to be printed for friends. I spoke about it to enough people who said it absolutely needed to be made available to the masses, so I heeded the advice of people I care about and respect.

 

 

What motivates you to complete your (writing) work? 

When I start a book, I think about it even when the writing stops. I work full time during the day, so most of my writing happens in the evenings or on weekends. That means between those writing times, I’m still always thinking about what could happen next or what needs to happen coming up. It gets to a point where I start to stray from my original outline (which is fine in some cases) but if I get too many ideas/options going on in my head, it gets harder to reign it back in when I sit down to write again. Basically, I write to keep myself on track and less tangential. Plus, hitting that “publish” button is one of the greatest feelings in the world, second only to hearing someone truly enjoyed what I put on paper.

 

 

Do you believe writing should be censored – that some topics should remain taboo?

Absolutely not. Life isn’t censored; writing certainly shouldn’t be. Freedom of expression and freedom of choice are equally important. If you want to express it, do it. If you don’t want to hear about something, choose not to read it. For me, the concepts are simple.

 

 

Where can people find you and your work?

www.authorjlawson.com

www.facebook.com/AuthorJ.Lawson

twitter.com/AuthorLawson

The Amulets:  https://www.amazon.com/Amulets-Trilogy-J-Lawson/dp/1795160233

The Convergence:  https://www.amazon.com/Convergence-Amulets-Trilogy-J-Lawson/dp/1071432036

Zippers, Three-Way Kisses, and Other Absurdities: My Life As An Ally:  https://www.amazon.com/Zippers-Three-Way-Kisses-Other-Absurdities/dp/1072725592/

 

 

Thanks so much for dropping by, J!

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Vincent Francone

 

 

 

Name: Vincent Francone

Genre(s) of your work: Creative Nonfiction, poetry, fiction, meandering essay

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

Like a Dog, 2015

The Soft Lunacy, 2019

Otherwise: various poems, essays, reviews, and stories in journals across the internet

 

 

Bio:

 Vincent Francone was born in 1971 in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Roosevelt University (BA: English) and Northwestern University (MA: Creative Writing) and worked as an adjunct English Instructor for various colleges in the Chicago area. He has been a full time English Instructor at Roosevelt University since 2014. He is currently also the Interim Director of Writing Tutoring at Roosevelt University’s Learning Commons.

In 2009, Vincent Francone won the first place Gwendolyn Brooks Award in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition shortly after publishing his first poem in Rhino. Since then, he has published poems, stories, and essays in New City MagazineThe Oklahoma ReviewAkashic BooksThree PercentSouthword, and numerous other online and print journals. His memoir, Like a Dog, was published in 2015 by Blue Heron Books Works. The Soft Lunacy, his collection of essays, was published in March of 2019. He hosts the podcast Drinking and Talking.

 

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

I studied poetry while earning my creative writing degree, a process that can often rob one of their love of the genre. Needing a break from meter and rhyme, I started writing a nonfiction story that turned into memoir. Nonfiction offers a sort of freedom I don’t get in other modes. I’m too constrained by what I think a poem should be, what a story looks like. But creative nonfiction feels very liberating. I can do whatever. And while nonfiction conventions are already being established, I don’t care. Which makes me less concerned about conventions and traditions in poems and fiction. But I’ve always written prose and poetry—I don’t see why more people don’t work in multiple genres. I suppose each offers different opportunities. Nonfiction is exploratory and reflective. Poetry is compression. Fiction is commentary. I approach all of them with humor.

 

 

How has writing changed/altered your life?

I don’t know that it has. I doubt my life would be much different if I’d never written a word. I have a day job, which is another hustle, just like any other I’ve done since high school. So, until I get to that place where I can be financially safe via writing, I don’t know how writing has tangibly changed anything. (And that financial stability is bound to begin any day now, of course.) The one definitive thing I can say is that sharing my writing has allowed me to meet people I wouldn’t have otherwise met, many of them lovely individuals.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors and why?

Oh boy, here goes: Mikhail Bulgakov and Reinaldo Arenas are inspirations not only because their books (specifically Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and Arenas’ The Color of Summer) are incredible, but also because they wrote them under terrible conditions. Bulgakov was writing under Stalinist surveillance, knowing he’d never see his book in print. He wrote “for the drawer.” Imagine that: working for years on a book (a masterpiece, actually) and never expecting it to be published. What dedication! Arenas as well: most of his books were written in Cuba while suffering from the oppressive Castro regime (don’t get me started on that guy). He rewrote one book four times (the manuscripts kept getting confiscated and destroyed). FOUR TIMES! His books had to be smuggled out of the country by visitors from Europe, so Arenas didn’t see much of his work published in his native country. He finished his last book while dying of AIDS, writing it as a series of vignettes in case he dropped dead before its completion. That way, it could still be published as “complete.” And when I think of these examples, I feel inspired and very lazy.

Quicker shout outs go to James Joyce, who took the novel where no one else could, Jeanette Winterson, who showed me that plot is not important when you have language, Samuel Beckett, whose work is hilarious, and the great poets of Northern Ireland, especially Ciaran Carson, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, and Seamus Heaney. I don’t know what’s in the water there, but it breeds natural poets. Speaking of, Leontia Flynn is currently carrying the Belfast tradition of great poetry. Her last book, The Radio, is a must read.

Last thing: I do not (cannot) write like those mentioned above. They are simply inspirations. I’ll arrogantly cite stylistic influencers: Kurt Vonnegut and Sergei Dovlatov, both economical, playful writers who saw humor as a means of truly conveying the absurdities of our existence.

 

 

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I know, I know… shop small, support indies and locals. And I do, but I live in a city (Chicago) that offers plenty of options aside from Barnes and Noble or Amazon. That stated, I grew up in the suburbs in the 80s-early 90s before Borders occupied a space in every town. I would’ve killed for Borders! The only books I was exposed to were the ones my high school teachers thrust on me and the pop novels of the mall stores. A giant store with three floors of books? A poetry section that spanned an entire wall and featured more than Robert Frost and The Prophet? That would’ve been heaven. So while I’m spending much time and money at Unabridged Books, The Seminary Co-Op, Powell’s, and Bookman’s Corner (let us not forget the used shops where one can discover out of print writers), I have that luxury. Some literary curious kid growing up in Smalltown, USA may not. If they’re able to get a copy of a small press gem at Barnes and Noble, well good for them. They need such cultivation. And in a few years they can move to the city and spend their cash at an indie.

 

 

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

It’s all a product of personal experience. I don’t believe people who say they write about things outside their sphere or their lives. At least not the poets and fiction writers. I may exaggerate, distort, or downright fib, but what we experience filters in throughout the process. I have to believe Sci-Fi writers imbue their tales with personal experience. No is that much of a fabulist.

 

 

What motivates you to complete your (writing) work?

I wish I knew so I could get some more of it and finish this damned project. I used to have goals and schedules, but I’m not always good at keeping to them. I have ideas galore but get distracted or discouraged easily. I’m getting better at tuning out the negative inner voices and just writing whatever and spending the required time making a mess and cleaning it up. I suppose my motivation is to do better than last time. I like my memoir, but I like my essay collection more because it’s new. And it’s done, so naturally I like the thing I’m writing now more than either of my published books. Because I see the old work as flawed, near misses, which motivates me to do more, write more, write better. Probably not healthy.

 

 

Do you believe writing should be censored – that some topics should remain taboo?

Nope. Write about anything, but be prepared for consequences. Maybe if you can justify the topic, or do something with it beyond empty sensationalism, there’s no reason to censor. Kathy Acker’s books come to mind. Shocking, great stuff, but hardly pornographic, even with a sex act on every other page. Anyway, Lolita, which is regarded as a top ten novel, is narrated by a pedophile, right? Let’s chat about that sometime.

 

 

Where can people find you and your work?

Amazon is the easiest way. Or IndieBound. My website has links to purchase as well. Savvy stores in Chicago may carry a copy, but the internet is where I’m at for now.

My website: www.vincentfrancone.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vincent.francone.7

Instgram: vincentfrancone

Here’s my Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=vincent+francone&link_code=qs&sourceid=Mozilla-search&tag=mozilla-20

Feel free to leave me a message through my website or find me on Facebook. I’m happy to chat with anyone. I think.

 

Thanks for sharing, Vincent!

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Pamela Morris

 

Name: Pamela Morris

Pseudonym: Victoria Morris (erotica titles only)

Genre(s) of your work: Horror & Erotica

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

Virgin of Greenbrier – erotica – 2006

Mistress of Greenbrier – erotica – 2007

Our Lady of Pain – erotica – 2008

Mistress for Sale – erotica – 2009

Bound To Be Bitten – erotic-horror – 2011 (currently out of print)

Secrets of the Scarecrow Moon – horror – 2013

That’s What Shadows Are Made Of – horror – 2015

No Rest For The Wicked – horror – 2016

The Witch’s Backbone: Part 1 – The Curse – horror – 2017

Dark Hollow Road – horror – 2018

The Witch’s Backbone: Part 2 – The Murder – horror – 2019

Because, Spiders (short story) – horror – 2019

The Inheritance – horror – (coming in 2020!)

Bio:

Raised in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, but forever longing for the white sands of her birthplace in New Mexico, Pamela has always loved mysteries and the macabre. Combining the two in her own writing, along with her love for historical research and genealogy, came naturally. Hours spent watching ‘Monster Movie Matinee’, ‘Twilight Zone’, ‘Kolchak: The Night Stalker”, and a myriad of Hammer Films helps with her Horror obsession. She loves to read works by traditional 19th century Gothic Horror writers such as Poe, Stoker, Radcliffe, and Collins. Her modern Horror author favorites include Tanith Lee, Stephen King, Hunter Shea, and Shirley Jackson.

Outside of her work as a novelist, Pamela enjoys drawing & painting, watching bad B-Movies, remaining ever vigilant to the possibility of encountering a UFO or Bigfoot, taking road trips with her husband on the Harley, getting the occasional tattoo, feeding the local murder of crows in her back yard, and being The Final Guys cult leader. Otherwise, she’s perfectly normal.

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

Writing erotica was completely accidental and never my intention, but on a dare I wrote up a couple short stories and discovered I was pretty darn good at it – or so I was told. Short stories evolved into the novels and before I knew it, they were accepted by a publisher. As fun as they were to write, erotica were certainly not what I wanted to write most.

What I longed to write most was Horror. I grew up watching and reading Horror, Murder-Mysteries, and Thrillers. The first story along those lines that I wrote when I was eleven, was ‘The Strange Well’. I was no Carolyn Keene back then, but there’s certainly a Nancy Drew feel to the story.  I write Horror because I love to read it. I hope that my work creeps people out and gives them the same thrills and psychological scares that I’ve experienced reading the same kinds of work. I want to pass that Love of Horror baton off to the next generation.

 

How has writing changed/altered your life?

Writing itself hasn’t changed me as I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember knowing how. What has changed for me is knowing there are other writers out there who feel the same way about their work as I do. Before Facebook and Twitter and all that, I knew maybe two other authors, neither of which wrote Horror. Now, I know dozens of them. We’re able to exchange ideas, give each other advice on all aspects of the business, and even commiserate about how horrible we are as writers. Writers can be very self-deprecating. Despite that, we’re all very passionate about our writing. It’s like breathing. Do it or die. I’d have given up long ago had it not been for the small circle of writing friends I’ve gained over the past ten years or so.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors and why?

Every modern day Horror writer says Stephen King and/or Anne Rice. Yes, they’ve been a big influence and I love their work, but I hesitate to call either one of them my favorite. I don’t have a favorite. I really like the older Gothic-style Horror from the 1800s just as much. Writers like Wilkie Collins, Poe, Stoker, and Ann Radcliffe set the standard for me. More modern influences have been Shirley Jackson and Tanith Lee. Today, I’ve been reading a lot of Hunter Shea’s work and absolutely adored what Andy Davidson did with In The Valley of the Sun. That book simply blew my mind.

 

 

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I’m all for anyplace that promotes books and reading. I miss all the smaller bookstores that used to be around, but you can still find them if you try. B&N tends to ignore the little guy because they simply can’t move our titles as well as they can someone like King or Rice. It’s business and I understand that. Most do have a small section for Local Authors, though. Most are also open to the idea of promoting\hosting an Indie writer if you ask. But, you have to ask and you have to be somewhat persistent. I’ve been doing a book signing every year around Halloween for the nearest local bookstore for the past four years now and it’s still on me to reach out to them for that. I also do one for the public library I lurked around in as a kid where the contact me first.

 

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

It all depends on the story really. The Barnesville Chronicles are set in the fictionalized version of my home town. For those, I draw A LOT of material from my personal experiences growing up there. Locals who read them have come up to me just giddy that they recognized a location or saw a glimpse of someone they think they recognize. Even some of the weird events that happen in Barnesville are based around similar events that took place back home.

With No Rest For The Wicked, I drew on the research I did when I was a US Civil War re-enactor along with personal experiences with the paranormal. This book is actually Part 4 of my Greenbrier Trilogy in the erotica genre – sans most of the erotica. There’s still a bit in there, but in order to make the characters work, it had to be. It’s super toned down from the trilogy though.

Shortly after the release of Dark Hollow Road, I was contacted by a reader who was desperate to know if any of it was based on first-hand experiences. The book has some pretty strong taboo scenes involving physical and emotional abuse, rape, and incest. Apparently they were so well-written this reader couldn’t help but wonder how I’d tapped into that whole thing. I assured him that no, none of it was based on personal events. I did research and, sadly, I’ve had a couple friends who were victimized in that way. I knew their stories and worked with those stories to create the dark world of the book’s main character.

 

What motivates you to complete your (writing) work?

Oddly, it’s usually the characters screaming at me to tell their story! To a non-writer that probably doesn’t make sense. But, that’s how it works for a lot of us who do write. I’m an organic writer, meaning I seldom use an outline. I get the idea in a variety of forms – sometimes a character will come to me first, sometimes a title, sometimes just a weird random opening scene – and from there, I just follow the bread crumbs left behind by whoever is telling me the tale. I often don’t know the ending of the book anymore than a future reader will. I have to figure it out and write it down in the best way I know how because I want to know that ending, too!

 

 

Do you believe writing should be censored – that some topics should remain taboo?

No, I don’t. Nothing should be taboo when it comes to writing a story because there are real people with real feelings and real stories behind every taboo. There are lessons to be learned, demons to expose and vanquish, and maybe even some inspiration to give to those struggling with the same kinds of situations to get out of them.

 

Where can people find you and your work?

Links to all my books, my blog, and some free short stories are all on my website https://pamelamorrisbooks.com/ as well as on Amazon author.to/PamelaMorris_AMZAuthor and Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/908656.Pamela_Morris

People can connect with me directly on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PamelaMorrisBooks/ and on Twitter @pamelamorris65

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, Pamela!

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Florence Osmund

 

 

Name: Florence Osmund

Genre(s) of your work: Literary fiction

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

Nineteen Hundred Days (2018)

They Called Me Margaret (2018)

Living with Markus (2016)

Regarding Anna (2015)

Red Clover (2014)

Daughters (2013)

The Coach House (2012)

Bio:

After a long career working in the corporate world, I retired to write novels—something I had been thinking and dreaming about for years. I currently live on a small, tranquil lake in northern Illinois where I spend most days doing just that. I strive to write literary fiction and endeavor to craft stories that challenge readers to survey their own beliefs and values. I’ve learned a lot about writing along the way, and in an effort to help new writers avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made, I developed this website www.florenceosmund.com that includes advice on how to begin the project, writing techniques, building an author platform, book promotion, and more.

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

I write literary fiction because that’s what I prefer to read. I love character-based stories about protagonists whose internal limits are tested when challenged by external forces. And then I love to see how this changes them. I’ve never been one to be impressed by what someone owns. For me, what someone has done with what they’ve owned is usually more notable. This is what inspires me to write the kind of stories that I do.

How has writing changed/altered your life?

I published my first book at the age of 62 after retiring from a 30+-year working career. Between retirement and now doing what I truly love to do, my life has changed dramatically. And on top of it, I recently moved from decades of living in a downtown Chicago high-rise to living in a lake house in northern Illinois where I enjoy exquisite gardens and lots of visiting critters—among them skunks, opossums, raccoons, deer, coyote, beavers, turtles, frogs, ducks, and geese. I currently have a clutch of snapping turtle eggs in my yard that are about ready to hatch—something I never would have been able to witness on the thirteenth floor of a condo building.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

I like Dennis Lehane for his ability to craft intriguing stories and Margaret Atwood for her outstanding character development.

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

Subconsciously, I have a feeling that my own personal experiences, values, and beliefs play a major role in my writing. You write about what you know, right? And while I have never intentionally crafted a character after someone I know, I believe some of my fictional characters bear some of the same traits as family members and friends. But I’ll never tell which ones—people will have to try to figure that out for themselves.

What motivates you to complete your (writing) work?

My passion for writing is all the motivation I need to keep on writing. It’s what I think about when I get up in the morning and as I go to sleep at night. Well, on most days.

Do you believe writing should be censored – that some topics should remain taboo?

I believe that some writing should be rated so that parents and teachers can make healthy reading choices for children.

Where can people find you and your work?

Here is where people can find me:

Website: http://www.florenceosmund.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/FlorenceOsmund

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FlorenceOsmundBooks

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8800692-florence-osmund

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/florenceosmunda

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/florenceosmund/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/florenceosmund

 

Thanks for visiting with us, Florence!

 

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Jack Ketchum (PINNED – Interviewed in December 2017)

 

Name: Dallas Mayr

Pseudonym (if you use one): Jack Ketchum

Genre(s) of your work: Horror and Suspense (and the occasional Black Comedy.)

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):  Writing professionally since 1970, first fiction 1976, first novel, OFF SEASON, 1981.

Bio: see my website http://www.jackketchum.net/and add to that, Most Recent Novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF SOULS, written with Lucky McKee and Most Recent Collection, GORILLA IN MY ROOM.

Why do you write in the genre that you do?  

I grew up loving fantasy, and horror is the dark side of fantasy.

How has writing changed/altered your life? The usual perks of self-employment — no punching the time clock, no damn bosses hovering over your desk.  But in addition to that, writing mandates continual periods of self-examination.  You don’t easily get away with lying to yourself on the page.  It requires you to scour your history and your present for your deepest faults and pleasures, to reveal and revel in them, to find the strengths in your life and work from there, reaching outward.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

Far too many to list here.  I read all over the place and consequently my favorite writers come from all genres and backgrounds, from Henry Miller to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, from Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard and John D. MacDonald to Thomas Hardy, Philip Roth, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, Peter Straub and Stephen King.  Why?  Because they’re smart, empathic, courageous.  Because they’re good!

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I wish we had a lot more mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar bookstores.  I seriously miss browsing.

What do you hope your readers will take away from your work?

The need for empathy and tenderness in the world, that the souls of beasts and humans matter.  And a few hours of just plain fun.

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

Depends on the piece.  Some, like THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and RED, are highly personal, others…?  I don’t know where the hell they came from!

How do you find the motivation to complete a book/story?  

Finishing a piece is almost always easy.  It’s getting started that’s hard.  Getting all your ducks in a row and then having the balls and suspension of disbelief  to say to yourself, this is really going to work.

What makes you NOT finish reading a book?

I give books a first paragraph test.  If it passes, then a first chapter test.  If it passes that, I’ll almost always finish the book — I can tell from there that I’m going to want to.   If it fails I scuttle it immediately.  Very occasionally, too much repetition will make me dump it.  I don’t want to waste reading-time.  Too much good stuff out there.

Do you believe writing should be censored – that some topics should remain taboo?

Nothing should ever be censored.  Everything is worth discussing.  How long a discussion is another matter entirely.

Any pet peeves in writing? In reading others’ work?

 Life’s short.  I don’t bother with peeves.  If I’m bored, I just close the book.

Where can people find you and your work?

Website, see above. I have a list of published works there.   Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jackketchumofficial/ Twitter, https://twitter.com/jackketchum Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Ketchum

 

What can I say?

I am honored to have snagged a bit of Jack Ketchum’s time, for him to share his thoughts and words with me (and my readers), and for his participation in a blog such as this one. Thank you so much – for the interview as well as your writing. It has and continues to be an inspiration.

Readers, I implore you to look into Jack Ketchum’s work, especially if you are a horror/suspense fan. From the mouth of Stephen King – “Who’s the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum.”

18 comments

    1. Hi Donna;
      My pleasure. As an independent author myself, I know that marketing is key and getting the word out by any means is crucial.
      Thanks!
      Sue

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  1. Hi Sue. Thank you for including me in this roundup of four writers. I read all the interviews with pleasure. The CWA includes so many interesting members. I enjoyed meeting my fellow interviewees via your blog.
    Susan Bass Marcus

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  2. It’s nice to see Teri here — always good to know a little more about her. I had to laugh about her friends being more careful about what they say. 😀 It’s funny how many people worry they’ll be “in the book” when they learn you write. Hugs!

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  3. I definitely have some new books to order (Zombie turkeys – still chuckling). I just finished my fifth book and I’m taking a year off to just read and read and read. Thanks for the great interviews.

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    1. Thanks, LB! That’s the point of the interviews – to give everyone a chance to find out about each other. Thanks for reading and feel free to spread the word! 🙂

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