Author Meet & Greet!

Welcome to Author Meet & Greet

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Connect with authors through their social media links (if they choose to share them), learn about their writing process, and purchase their works.

The 4 most current interviews are posted here. Older ones may be found under the Archive: Author Meet & Greet on the main page of this blog by the author’s last name.

 

**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:  #147

Claire Fluff Llewellyn

 

Your Name: Claire Fluff Llewellyn

Genre(s) of your work: Poetry: Fiction and Non-Fiction, Horror, Dark Humour

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

LOVE is a KILLER: heart-ripping poetry [2019] – dark poetry about heartbreak, psychos and monsters.

RHYME & REASON: Facets of a Life [2020] – fiction and non-fiction poetry; sentiment, satire and silliness = ‘LIFE’ in a nutshell!

 

Bio:

Born in Worcester, England, Claire Llewellyn first took an interest in poetry at an early age through primary school readings of Roald Dahl. She also developed a penchant for music and the horror genre. Her schooling required her to write creatively in all formats and she soon acquired an affinity for it, constantly writing rhymes and short stories.

In her late teens, she pursued her musical interests and formed a band, ‘Stir Crazy’, performing classic rock covers and original material. She headed the band as lead vocalist and lyricist. When they disbanded, she bounced around musical groups and added the nickname “Fluff” as part of her persona in a new theatrical rock band venture that never came to fruition. However, it was her musical pursuits that lead her to move to Illinois in 2004.

As new opportunities arose, she became embroiled in a different kind of stage performance as an assistant to a Gothic illusionist. This adventure exposed her to the world of independent horror film making. She branched out into acting and ultimately formed her own small production company, ‘Bloody Brit Productions’, through which she directs her own screenplays.Whilst fond of traditional rhyming verse, which she mostly ascribes to, maturity has afforded her the confidence to experiment a little. Poetry, and writing in general, has helped her through some tough times, allowing her to express difficult emotions, and even showcase that cheeky British humour. She mostly publishes dark, and sometimes humorous, poetry that is both fictional and nonfictional under her own imprint: Bloody Brit Press.

 

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

I love word play, so I find writing rhyming poetry fun and challenging.

How has writing changed/altered your life?

That’s a tough one to answer as I have technically been writing since a very young age, I cannot imagine my life not writing.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

Edgar Allan Poe and Roald Dahl. They both wrote poetry and prose. Poe for his brooding, macabre melancholia. Dahl for his twisted humour.

Do you believe that audio-books are the wave of the future, more of a passing fad, or somewhere in between and why?

As people have less and less free time and technology rules, I would say audio-books are the future and here to stay. It’s a more instant delivery of information, less taxing on the brain and eyes, and allows for multitasking.

 

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

Hmm, they can be a tad on the pretentious side, but so can ‘boutique’ book stores. It’s hard for small indie publishers and self-publishers to distribute in those outlets.How much does personal experience play in your written work? A LOT!! I would say at least 85% of non-fictional pieces are based on personal experience and my fictional work relies on personal experience to craft believable stories and relatable characters.

 

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

NO. As long as the reader is given a clear indication of the content, it should be their choice what they read. [An age restriction should be in place for x-rated content.][Although, it’s a tricky area in this crazy world we live in. You don’t want to promote dangerous,radical, harmful ideas or hatred. But if you censor writers and control what topics they choose, you are eliminating freedom of expression and stifling creativity. One would hope that most rational people would not act out on something they read. There will always be a minority of unbalanced individuals who are easily influenced, censorship will not cure them. At the end of the day, if you don’t like it, don’t read it. Words have no power without readers!]

 

 

Where can people find you and your work?

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Claire-Fluff-Llewellyn/e/B07PWNRJHRIG: britfluffFB

Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/britpoet/

Thanks so much, Claire!

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Alan Derosby

 

 

Name: Alan Derosby

Genre(s) of your work: Horror/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction

 

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

  1. FULL MOON.  Ink Stains Volume 13- A Dark Fiction Literary Anthology.  Dark Alley Press.  October 2019.    ISBN:  9781946050182

  2. GOING HOME.  Unholy Night in Deathlehem-A Grinning Skull Press Publication.

December 2018.  ISBN: 9781947227231

  1. If I Die Before I Wake Vol 2. Sinister Smile Press. April 2020.

ISBN: 9781951093099

  1. UNDER THE BED. The Hollow Vol 2. Breaking Rules Publishing. May 2020

ISBN: 979-8640662849

  1. Horror Tree: Trembling with Fear- WINDOWSILL

      https://horrortree.com/trembling-with-fear-happy-2020-valentines-day/

  1. The Line-Up:  Chilling Tales- THE GHOST OF OLD PIER’S PUB

 

 

Bio:

Alan Derosby, a Maine native, has spent the past several years focusing on his passion: writing.  Alan has created original and spooky short stories, having THE GHOST AT OLD MILL’S PUB and WINDOWSILL published online as well as four in print anthologies, titled GOING HOME, FULL MOON, KUNK, and UNDER THE BED. Several more short stories are to be published by the end of the year.  He has made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel awards with his young historical fiction novel Lost Souls of Purgatory.

When not writing, Alan is teaching history at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine, spending time with his family, or watching the New York Mets suffer through another disappointing season.

 

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

Since an early age, probably around eight, I began sneaking Stephen King books; starting with Skeleton Crew. That, along with watching horror movies on Saturday afternoons on Creature Double Feature and the Twilight Zone, shaped my writing.

 

 

How has writing changed/altered your life?

Writing has given me an outlet to share my imagination and let people into a side of me they didn’t know.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors and why?

My favorite authors are mostly nonfiction, such as Robert Massie and Erik Larson. As a history teacher, I love researching and learning new things to bring to the classroom.  Of course, my favorite authors in my genre are Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe.

 

 

Do you believe that audiobooks are the wave of the future, more of a passing fad, or somewhere in between and why?

I believe audiobooks are another avenue to reach the general public. As long as people can access novels, regardless of the form, it’s good for the business.

 

 

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I don’t mind corporate bookstores if it’s the only stores around. In Central Maine, we have access to only a Barnes and Noble. I read mostly through e-reader so generally use Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I do understand the need to support local bookstores and would gladly do it.

 

 

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

My writing has some personal experiences, though mostly in fears and anxiety of the unknown. Also, my childhood and my early introduction to the horror genre has helped.

 

 

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

I am of the belief that writing should not be censored. That being said, if the writing brings about negative feedback or a lack of audience, the writer should be mindful of that.

 

 

Where can people find you and your work?

Facebook Author Page:

https://www.facebook.com/ADerosbyauthor/?view_public_for=100737971625840

Author’s Page: Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Alan-Derosby/e/B084LVSRG7?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

 

 

 

Thank you so much, Alan!

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Beth Hildenbrand

 

Name:  Beth Hildenbrand

Genre:  Dark Fantasy/Horror

Title- Cain Heretic Son

Bio:

Beth Hildenbrand lives in Ephrata, Pennsylvania with her husband Matt and her sons. Beth enjoys hard rock/heavy metal music and loves going to concerts. She has a passion for vintage black and white horror movies.

Why Genre:

I was greatly influenced by classic horror. Books as well as movies. I was raised in a very religious family. The two combined to help me write Cain Heretic Son. It’s a modern day story with Biblical elements turned into a Supernatural Fantasy.

How has writing altered my life?

It’s been wonderful! I am self published. The Indie Author Community is amazing. They have really welcomed me with open arms and I have made a lot of really great friends.

 

 

Fab. Authors and why:

I have always been a big Barbara Michaels fan. I Love her books with the mystery and elements of the supernatural. I also enjoy Bentley Little and Graham Masterson. Lately I’ve been reading other Indie Authors. There are some really good writers out there.

 

 

Audio book?

I see a definite growth in audio books. I’ve been considering it for mine. People are so busy in today’s world. I can absolutely see audio books getting bigger in the future. Personally I’m still a paperback girl but I must admit I’m learning to appreciate my Kindle.

 

 

Mainstream bookstores:

I believe they still fill a need. Who doesn’t enjoy a bookstore. The racks and the smell of books. It’s easy to order online now but I still enjoy feeding my need for exploring a bookstore.

 

 

How much personal:

I definitely put a lot of myself in my writing. The setting for the book takes place in the small town where I grew up. The tavern where a good deal of action happens is a real place. The characters are loosely based on people in my life. I lost both of my patents while writing the book. I can honestly say I put my pain, anger, and frustration into the pages.

 

 

Censored:

I am totally against censorship of any kind. Writers put the hearts into their books. Anyone who creates does as well. If people don’t care for your writing they can put your book down. If we censor things we can never have open conversations we can’t grow or learn from others ideas.

 

 

Where to find book?

My book is available on Amazon Kindle ebook and Paperback. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon link- https://www.amazon.com/Heretic-Son-Modern-Cain-Novel-ebook/dp/B085N6Z3XZ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?keywords=Heretic+Son+modern+day+cain&qid=1585151463&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyVURFUUFKTkQ1SktFJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzE4NTY1MzFQQjhVMEVLRDVKSCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjA2NjQ0MVc0SFJSSE1JRTRKWiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX3Bob25lX3NlYXJjaF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl#aw-udpv3-customer-reviews_feature_div

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beth.hildenbrand.5

Website-https://bethshereticpages.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/beths-heretic-page/

 

 

Thanks very much for sharing with us, Beth!

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Daniel Millhouse

 

 

Name: Daniel Millhouse

 

Genre(s) of your work: I write multiple in multiple genres. I’ve been told to stick with one or use different pen names for different genres, but I write for the joy of it. I do it for me and hope that others enjoy the stories I tell.

 

 

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

2014 – Old Man’s Lake (supernatural genre)

2014 – Heaven’s Darkside (action genre)

2014 – The Conjuring of M’Wait (supernatural genre – short story)

2015 – One Last Weekend (romantic genre – short story)

2015 – A Hundred Kisses (romantic genre)

2015 – 29 Pieces (general fiction – short story)

2015 – Cookies with Santa (Christmas fiction – short story)

2016 – Shadows of the Red Tree (a volume of supernatural stories)

2016 – A New Humanity (science fiction – short story)

2016 – Sol 12 (science fiction)

2016 – Adachu (children’s Halloween – short story)

2017 – The Writers’ Room (science fiction – short story)

2017 – A Night at Wonderland (general fiction)

2018 – Reach Out (general drama fiction – short story)

2018 – Simon Is Coming (action genre and book two of the Heaven’s Darkside series)

2020 – Love, For Cupid (comedy – short story)

 

 

Bio:

I’ve been a writer of some form my whole life. Lyrics and poetry as a teenager. Screenplays and short stories up until my thirties. Around my mid-thirties, I moved into books.

I wanted something physical for others to read. I was tired of telling others about a screenplay play I wrote and was pitching to producers and production companies, but there was nothing physical to show for my work.

Being a massive book reader all my life, I decided to move into books. It was because of my writing abilities that I was able to change my career path, twice. The first time, working for multiple news sources for journalism, and eventually moving into my current job with Hodson P.I., one of the most renowned private investigation firms in America.

Before that, I had worked in a variety of fields. I had owned a restaurant, worked in retail, managed properties across California and Arizona, and more.

When I’m not writing or working, I love spending time with my dogs (Bandit, Pepper, and Daisy), watching baseball games, including attending Lake Elsinore Storm minor league games, checking out antique shops and museums, and watching classic movies.

 

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

I don’t limit myself to one genre. If I have a good idea that won’t go away, I play around with the idea, outline it, and write it up. It probably comes a little bit from the fact that I read multiple genres of books.

 

 

How has writing changed/altered your life?

Unexpectedly, it assisted in changing my career. Initially, I moved into local news journalism because the owner of a local news source knew I wrote books. I moved from writing local news stories to becoming a managing news editor.

It then helped further because with my current boss, my ability to write helped him choose me over other candidates applying for investigative work. I was brought on because of my social media skills and my ability to improve upon our reports. Four years later, I’m still working for him and can’t imagine myself working for anyone else until I decide to retire.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors and why?

I have several. Ernest Hemingway is one. I love the sense of adventure in his stories, which probably comes from the type of person he was in real life.

Out of the current authors, I like Dan Brown, Brad Meltzer, and Vince Flynn. Again, there is a sense of adventure, mystery, and the imagination they write with is amazing.

I also consider other favorites of mine to be F. Scott Fitzgerald, Steve Berry, Kevin Smith, and Raymond Khoury.

 

 

Do you believe that audiobooks are the wave of the future, more of a passing fad, or somewhere in between and why?

I don’t think they’ll be the sole wave of the future. I certainly believe that some people, especially those who travel or have long commutes, will listen to them to keep up with books they are interested in, but I don’t think they’ll replace books.

I can see e-versions of books eventually taking over a large portion of the industry. It wouldn’t surprise me if future generations get away from printed books and utilize tablets more.

 

 

 

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I believe they serve a purpose to some extent. The atmosphere of a Barnes & Noble is certainly appealing to me compared to other retail stores, but I think they cater a lot to more well-known authors, or at least authors with large publishers. It may be different in other parts of the country, but in my part of Southern California, there are not a lot of options for stores carrying newer authors or local authors. I admit I get a little jealous when I see other parts of the country with local mom and pop shops that not only sell books by local authors, but they also get together with their local authors for events such as book signings and Q&A’s.

 

 

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

Some, but not a great deal. I don’t tend to write characters based on myself or those I know, but I do absorb life experiences like the next person and may integrate quirks or traits from those I have met in the past into my characters.

 

 

 

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

I don’t believe that writing should be censored for ninety-nine percent of the stuff that is out there. I usually believe exceptions to every rule though. Someone writing explicit child-based porn would fit under that category, in my opinion. Otherwise, I think everyone should be able to read what makes them happy. If you like spy-thrillers, have fun. If you’re into paperback romance books with Fabio on the cover, enjoy. If you’re into sci-fi, go for it. The point of reading a book, at least for those doing it recreationally, is to hopefully have some fun and escape to another world for a short amount of time.

 

 

Where can people find you and your work?

My books can be found through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through multiple eBook sources. I have a few books through Smashwords too, but I’ve gotten away from there in the last few years because I found that this outlet didn’t really help me get any more readers.

amazon.com/author/danielmillhouse

https://www.facebook.com/DanielSMillhouse/

https://twitter.com/DanMillhouse

https://www.instagram.com/danielmillhouse/

https://www.pinterest.com/DanielMillhouse/ (you can see images, book covers, and people I’ve mentally cast for roles for parts in my books on some of my boards)

I may go back to having my own website one day, but for now, I don’t have one.

Thanks so much, Daniel!

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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.”

28 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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