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This past summer turned out pretty crappy. I don’t know why, but every time I make plans for an awesome season they end up in the garbage. Much to my own disappointment, I didn’t get a whole lot of writing done. However, I have had a bunch of spiritual awakenings, so I can’t honestly say the summer has been a complete wash. Getting back into having a relationship with God has been amazing, and I only wished I had done it sooner. I allowed life to get the better of me, made some bad decisions, and sank into a deep depression, but all that is done now. New chances and new choices are ahead of me.
With that being said, I feel led to take my writing in a new direction. I’m still going to write horror, but it will have a godly spin on it. How am I going to do that? I really don’t know, but I have some decent ideas. Many will say that there is no room in Christianity for horror, but I disagree. The Bible itself is full of stories of horror. I want my writing to reflect a spirit of redemption, and I’m definitely not going to water down the gore (I promise!). 🙂
Will I get ridiculed for writing such stories? Sure. Why not. But I honestly don’t care. People write from the heart all the time. Why should I be any different?
I don’t know what it is this summer, but I feel completely drained. I put many hours at work yet didn’t accomplish much financially. However, the past couple of days it seems like a weight has lifted. Not really sure what the deal was, but right now I’m feeling better and more motivated. I changed my diet to more vegan fare the past few days. My body has been appreciating the extra amount of veggies and fiber that I’ve been pumping in, which means much more has been getting done. Always a plus!
I have quite a few stories on the horizon, and the anthology opportunities are coming in. The amazing support that I keep getting from my friends is amazing. Their encouragement keeps me going when the poopiness rears its ugly head. As an introvert, I find that I feel like that quite a bit.
I hope everyone’s writing/drawing/whatever endeavors are making progress. I know mine are!
Thanks to the lack of a school schedule this summer, I’ve been an avid little reader. I’ve read some great stories, and I’ve read some stinkers, but there are 2 that stand out among the stack:
The first is Terry M. West’s “Cecil and Bubba Meet The Thang.” That’s not a typo. It really is the “thang.” Cecil and Bubba are true blue corn fed rednecks from Texas, who manage to get into all kinds of paranormal trouble. I’m not going to tell you who or what the “thang” is, but it’s a whole lot of funny and badass. The characters are colorful, the pacing is just right, and the “thang” is so awesome it needs its own book. I loved this book so much that I didn’t want it to end! I can’t wait to read more of Cecil and Bubba’s shenanigans.
The next is Armand Rosamilia’s “Dying Days.” This is the first book in a series about zombies, and I was hooked immediately. There were so many times I felt like I was on the edge of my seat (or bed because I like to read before nighty night time). Again, the pacing was wonderful. I didn’t get bored ever. The characters were kickass, and you genuinely feel sympathy when tragedy strikes.
I’m probably the worst when it comes to writing book reviews. I can’t stand it when people reveal too much plot in reviews, so I refrain from doing so. However, if you like horror comedies with an extraterrestrial twist, get on “Cecil and Bubba Meet The Thang.” If you like gory, bloody zombie stories, hit up “Dying Days.” I don’t give stars, but I do give these stories 2 huge thumbs up. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.
What is your latest zombie release?
Odium II The Dead Saga
Quick description of it (no spoilers)
Fortune favors…the DEAD!
Some secrets are too horrific to ever be forgiven, and some people should never be trusted.
Tortured, starved, and on the run, Nina thinks she’s faced the worst that mankind has to offer, but she’s wrong. She may have survived this long, but she hasn’t come out of it unscathed, and there’s worse to come.
Nina’s trusty Doc Martens are showing signs of the zombie apocalypse, and she isn’t faring much better. With her snarky attitude guaranteed to get her in trouble, Nina needs to forgive the past, to live once more in the present, and learn that sometimes she needs to place her trust in other people.
Because when people are faced with the end of times, they’ll do anything to survive.
Something unique about it.
Unusual? Hmm, there’s the space monkeys, and the flying rabbits but other than that there’s nothing really unusual about it.
I mean, of course you have Deaders, and bad-guys, a strong snarky female protagonist with no filter for her mouth. There’s more plot twists than you can shake a stick at—not that you try that, cus you know, that would just be weird. There’s of course a really cool and interesting mix of bad-ass characters that have been ‘built’ around some of my readers that filled in a survival questionnaire for me.
Other than that, yeah, just a typical z-poc book really.
Links for people to purchase it.
Your promo links.
Your short Bio.
Claire is the author of “Limerence,” “Odium. The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Part One,” “Odium II The Dead Saga” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Two” a contributor to several zombie apocalypse anthologies, including the charity anthology “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death.”
Claire lives in the UK with her husband, three daughters and one scruffy dog.
Coming up in 2014 are several projects including, “Odium III The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Three,” “Nina’s Odium,” “Limerence II: Mia,” plus anthology contributions to several exciting projects including “Fading Hope,” “The Murderous Campbell’s,” and “State of Horror: Illinois.”
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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.
Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie
AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in June, here’s the complete list, updated daily:
I’m loving the opportunities coming my way! Not only am I writing for Stench Radio Magazine, I’m going to be writing a story for an anthology hosted by one of my favorite authors!! Also, I got the green light by editor Hannah Neurotica to submit a story for the magazine Ax Wound, the world’s first feminist horror zine for all horror fans. On top of all of that, I’m writing my anthology to be finished this fall.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been able to pick up on some reading. The first book I read was Hell, Texas, by Tim Miller. If you like Edward Lee type stories then this is for you! Enough blood and guts to make any gorehound cringe.
The other book was Echoes by Michael Bray. I’m a sucker for ghost stories, and this one did not disappoint. Echoes is the second out of the Whisper trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the third when it’s published.
Great job, guys, and I’m excited to read your upcoming books!
It’s 10 p.m., and I’m late at getting at this after an event-filled day. Whether you’re a believer or not, I hope everyone had a blessed day and enjoyed their festivities. Much love to you all!
Take a look at the new punk rock magazine directly from Austin, TX! It features punk rock interviews and reviews, and also has horror stories from me! In the upcoming months, Will Glover and Tim Miller will also feature their stories. Thanks for taking a look-see!