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 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:  #124

Sean McDonough

 

 

Your Name: Sean McDonough

Genre(s) of your work: Horror

 

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

Beverly Kills- 2014

The Terror at Turtleshell Mountain- 2015

Rock and Roll Death Trip-2017

The Class Reunion- 2019

 

 

Bio:

Raised on Goosebumps, the horror section at Blockbuster, and other things he shouldn’t have been exposed to at eight years old, Sean McDonough is a fresh new voice in horror fiction. His books evoke a sense of gleeful gruesomeness and dark humor, perfect for keeping the Halloween spirit alive all year long.

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

It’s just the way I’m wired. I came out of the factory with a fondness for chicken parmesean, rock and roll, and savage monstrosities.  There’s nothing to be done about it.

 

How has writing changed/altered your life?

It’s really come to be the trait that defines me. Writing is what I do when I get up at 5 AM on a Saturday. It’s what’s in the back of my mind throughout the day. If there’s a TV show I’m not watching, or a video game I never get to, it’s because my time is limited and writing always takes priority.

 

Who are your favorite authors and why?

I’ll skip the Stephen King cliche, even though he’s deservedly an icon, and go with Robert R McCammon. I love writers who blend great character work with an unpretentious love for the classic horror tropes.

 

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I don’t think they’re where you want to go for a real deep dive into the alternative horror scene, but any place that sells books is fine by me.

 

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

Mostly in dialogue. I give all of my characters their own unique perspective (or I try at least), but everyone seems to come out talking with some variation of my own smart-ass way of speaking.

 

What motivates you to complete your (writing) work?

The investment into the characters and the story. If I feel like I’ve got something good brewing, then I’m motivated to push through and see how it ends.

 

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

The short answer is no. The long answer is that I think the conversation gets muddied by how many hacks try to substitute being outrageous for being a good writer.

 

Where can people find you and your work?

You can follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/houseoftheboogeyman/

Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/houseoftheboogeyman/

And you can peruse my works at https://www.amazon.com/Sean-McDonough/e/B07SJWGX6M/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

My latest, The Class Reunion, comes out October 29th. It’s a lean, mean, slasher novella- satisfaction guaranteed for fans of 80s style slice and dice flicks.

Thanks, Sean, and congrats on the new book!

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Brian Finney

 

Your Name: Brian Finney

Genre(s) of your work: Nonfiction and fiction

 

 

 

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

Money Matters: A Novel. Kindle Direct Publishing, 2019. Finalist in the 2019 American Fiction Awards.

Terrorized: How the War on Terror Affected American Culture and Society. Amazon: Kindle, 2011.

Martin Amis. Routledge Guides to Literature. London and New York: Routledge, 2008

English Fiction Since 1984: Narrating a Nation. London and New York: Palgrave

            Macmillan, 2006.

  1. H. Lawrence. Sons and Lovers: A Critical Study. Harmondsworth, Middlesex:

Penguin; New York: Viking Penguin, 1990.

The Inner I: British Literary Autobiography of the Twentieth Century.  London: Faber &

Faber; New York:  Oxford UP, 1985.

Christopher Isherwood: A Critical Biography.  London: Faber & Faber; New York:

Oxford UP, 1979. Won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Since How It Is: A Study of Samuel Beckett’s Later Fiction.  London: Covent Garden P,

1972.

Bio:

I am a writer and Professor Emeritus of Literature at California State University, Long Beach. Educated in England, I obtained a BA from the University of Reading and a PhD from the University of London.

After serving three years as an officer in the Royal Air Force, I spent five years in industry as an internal management consultant and production control manager. Between 1964-1987 I taught and arranged extra-mural courses for the University of London. Since immigrating to the US in 1987 I have taught English literature at the University of California, Riverside, University of Southern California, UCLA, and California State University, Long Beach.

 

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

Money Matters is my first work of fiction. But before that I wrote in a variety of nonfiction genres – biography, criticism, genre study, and a socio-political book.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

I first fell for D. H. Lawrence and made his shorter fiction the subject of my PhD thesis besides editing two volumes of his work. Next I fell under the spell of Samuel Beckett and wrote a pioneering study of his later prose pieces. More recently I have spent a lot of time reading and writing about the generation of British novelists who came to prominence in the 1980s and are still active, writers like Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie (not just British), Ian McEwan, Jeanette Winterson, Kazuo Ishiguro ad others. Most recently I have become an admirer of David Mitchell, a highly inventive writer.

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

Obviously my profession as a university teacher of literature determined the kind of nonfiction books I wrote earlier in my life. Having taught students how to read and interpret fiction I was happy to try writing a novel myself once I stopped full-time teaching. Money Matters, my debut novel, made immigration a major issue. Only after finishing it did I realize that of course I was an immigrant and had experienced some of the challenges my immigrant characters faced in the novel.

 

Where can people find you and your work?

All my work that is still in print is available on Amazon. Money Matters is available there as an e-book, paperback and audiobook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W62XLY6/   I have a website that offers extensive information on all my books and other publications: www.bhfinney.com All my books are also listed in Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/10250.Brian_Finney I post regularly on Twitter (brianfinneywri1) and Instagram (brianfinneywriter).

 

Thank you, Brian!

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Joan Hall

 

 

Name: Joan Hall

Genre(s) of your work: Suspense/Romantic Suspense

 

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

The Stranger – 2016

Unseen Motives – 2016

Unknown Reasons – 2017

Unclear Purposes – 2019

 

Anthologies (Collections with other authors):

Unshod – 2016

Bright Lights and Candle Glow – 2016

Macabre Sanctuary – 2016

Quantum Wanderlust – 2017

Bio:

Joan Hall writes mystery and romantic suspense with strong, determined female leads and enigmatic male characters. A lover of classic rock music, several songs have served as the inspiration for some of her books.

When she’s not writing, Joan likes to observe the night skies, explore old cemeteries, and learn about legends and folklore. She and her husband live in Texas with their two cats.

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Why do you write in the genre that you do?

I’ve always enjoyed a good mystery and once thought being a private detective would be a fun job. I didn’t start out with the intent of writing romantic suspense but it naturally found its way into my books. My upcoming series will also incorporate elements of folklore and legends.

 

How has writing changed/altered your life?

Not really, but because of writing, I’ve met and made several new friends. I’ve found the writing community to be very supportive.

 

Who are your favorite authors and why?

I’ve been a fan of Mary Higgins-Clark since I read her first book, Where Are the Children. I haven’t read any of her recent work, but her success speaks for itself. I also like John Grisham and Agatha Christie.

 

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

Although I buy almost all my books online (and in electronic form) these days, I have fond memories of browsing the shelves of my local bookstores. I hate to see these brick and mortar structures go away.

 

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

I’ve used elements real-life experiences/observations in my books. In my first novel, a teenage girl’s father dies. To capture her emotions when she learned the news, I thought back to my own father’s unexpected death.

 

 

What motivates you to complete your (writing) work?

The sense of accomplishment of seeing my books in print.

 

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

I don’t like the idea of censorship or banning books. If that begins, where does it stop? If I don’t agree with the subject matter of a book, I simply don’t read it.

 

 

Where can people find you and your work?

Website   |  Goodreads  | Twitter   |  Facebook   |   Amazon    | Instagram   |   BookBub

 

Thanks for visiting with us, Joan!

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Craig Boyack

 

 

 

Your Name: Craig Boyack

Pseudonym: C. S. Boyack

Genre(s) of your work: Speculative fiction. Includes science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal

 

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

I have thirteen published works, dating back to February of 2013. That’s a lot to list

My most recent ones are Voyage of the Lanternfish, on January 1, 2019, and Viral Blues, on September 13, 2019. (Friday the 13th for my 13th book.)

Lanternfish is a pirate fantasy with a splash of humor. It’s destined to become a trilogy.

Viral Blues is the second volume of an ongoing series about a heroine who battles the things that go bump in the night. It’s also filled with dark humor.

 

Bio:

About C. S. Boyack

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Craig

 

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

We spend far too much time in the real world. Just watch the nightly news and it’s depressing. I like to escape to a place where the good guys win, where heroes exist (even if they don’t know it yet), and there’s always something new to discover. Maybe there are others who feel the same way and would enjoy my stories.

I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and writing some of it down feels productive. My blog is called Entertaining Stories, and that’s the goal.

 

How has writing changed/altered your life?

Aside from the bad back, I’m much more observant these days. I notice people and what they’re doing. I pay attention to their larger stories. Research is a big part of writing, and I’m learning new things all the time.

I’ve also met some wonderful friends along the way. People who are willing to lend a hand when I get stuck, and I always try to repay the favor. Some of us formed a group blog, called Story Empire, and it’s designed to help our fellow authors.

 

Who are your favorite authors and why?

This is the tough one, because I’m tempted to list a bunch of my friends, many of whom are outstanding authors. I’m afraid of missing someone, so I’ll take the bigger name approach. I loved the work of Michael Creighton. I like my pulp, so Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp. I read a lot of Westerns in my day, so Terry C. Johnston. I always  appreciate a bit of humor, so I’ll throw Robert Asprin into the mix.

 

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I kind of like hanging out there, but usually don’t find the kind of things I want. (I think most of the authors I listed are dead, so they don’t have any current best sellers.)

Book selling is in flux right now. It’s going to be interesting to see what it looks like in ten years with Amazon creating physical stores.

 

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

It’s a huge part of story craft. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in the outdoors, and learned many things others don’t know. These little tidbits seem to weave their way into my work. We know what makes us happy, sad, frightened, and it’s important to tap into those feelings when designing our characters.

 

What motivates you to complete your (writing) work?

I’m kind of a bulldog when it comes to completing my stories. I have one abandoned project, and still threaten to go back one day.

I’ve always written stand-alone tales, but recently my colleagues talked me into series work. (I still have the bruise.) The promise of a series is a huge motivating factor, because now fans are looking forward to the next volume. It’s an extra form of pressure to produce.

 

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

I do not, but a filter might be nice on occasion. I look at a filter as something the author controls. It’s okay to offend some people, and not every story will appeal to all readers, but if your manifesto is going to get people killed, or cause the spread of hatred, maybe it’s best to rethink it.

 

Where can people find you and your work?

My main location is at the Entertaining Stories blog. I have all my social media set up to lead back there. It’s easy to comment on whatever topic I have, and I’ve made a lot of friends that way.

My books are all Amazon ebooks, so that’s the only place they exist. At the time of this interview, I’m pushing Viral Blues pretty hard. It’s dark humor and is perfect for the Halloween season.

Follow my blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Check out my novels here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ILXBXUY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Virgilante

On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ColdhandBoyack

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/entertainin0737

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/c-s-boyack

 

Thanks a bunch, Craig!

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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.”

26 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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