Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Martin Cohen

Welcome those who love dark poetry to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight

Martin Cohen is a retired computer programmer who loves dancing, writing poetry, and solving math problems. He is not sure where this poem came from, but he does not want to visit there too often.

Bleeding Ink Tale: Drizzle (a Haiku)

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Martin. We’re thrilled to have you visit with us today. Please,  tell us a little bit about yourself.

MC: As I said, like most of you, I am a retired computer programmer who loves dancing (swing, latin, foxtrot, others), writing poems, and solving math problems.

Ink Babes: Don’t know about those math problems – the word conundrum comes to mind.  However, we’ve been known to cut a rug or two! LOL!  Martin, what sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink poem?

MC: Don’t really know. I do carry a knife, and have never used it for anything in the least bit violent. I somehow got the idea for the last line and decided to make it a haiku. The poem does make me feel uncomfortable – I usually write light verse.

Ink Babes: Uncomfortable, you say? Begs the question: What do you fear?

MC: I don’t like horror films. I love roller coasters.

Ink Babes: You thrill-seeker, you!  What do you do when you are not writing?

MC: I am very good at nothinging.

Ink Babes: Is that so? Hmm…we wonder what you enjoy writing?

MC: I like to write light verse with a twist. Here are two short examples:

1. A haiku.

The modern haiku
Is no longer restricted
Five seven five – haa!

2.  Title: “For extra credit, diagram this sentence”

If I only knew what I thought I knew when I thought I knew what I knew,

and if I only was what I thought I was when I thought I was what I was,

and if I only had what I thought I had when I thought I had what I had,

then maybe I’d be what I thought I was when thought I knew what I had.

Not quite suitable for your anthology.

Ink Babes: That’s okay, we’ll forgive you…this time. When you write do you work with an outline?

MC: I just write. I often have no idea where a poem is going. I write a lot with rhyme and meter. The first line just appears and determines the meter, the next few lines determine the rhyme scheme, and the poem eventually ends.

Ink Babes: And what is your writing routine? Do you do anything strange or quirky?
 
MC: I keep my phone (A Droid 2 with physical keyboard) beside me at night. When am idea occurs, I open it up and start keying it in. I get a lot of my ideas about 2AM.

Ink Babes: Very cool! It’s going on our list of “gotta have’s” Is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

MC:  Don’t get caught.

Ink Babes: LOL! Thanks for stepping into the Spotlight, Martin.  In the words of a funny poet we know, you were Fifty Shades of Polka-Dot!

Post a Haiku, or other form of poetry,  in the comments section to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Christian Larsen

 
Welcome Seekers of Stories Strangely True to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight
 

Christian A. Larsen’s fiction appears in What Fears Become (Imajin Books), Sparks: Exciting New Fantasy from Today’s Brightest Stars (Earthbound Fiction), and A Feast of Frights (The Horror Zine Books). He lives with his wife and two sons in the fictional town of Northport, Illinois.

Bleeding Ink Tale – Club 27
 

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Christian.  Would you tell us about yourself.

 
CL: I’ve been writing, more or less, since I was 10, but didn’t get into writing regularly until about four or five years ago. I started out writing Twilight Zone-style science fiction, and have branched out into straight horror as well. I have also worked as a high school English teacher, a rock radio host, a newspaper reporter, and a printer’s devil.
 
Ink Babes: My! What an interesting life you’ve led.  Printer’s devil? Sounds almost as dangerous as being a teacher!  What sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?
 
CL: I wrote “Club 27” shortly after Amy Winehouse died. I’d heard a lot about the coincidences of so many famous entertainers, musicians in particular, dying at age 27, but never saw a story written about it. I don’t think I explain its significance much, but the story does explore its significance, and what it means to be in the club from some of its own members’ perspectives.

Ink Babes: Your story is unique. We felt like participants wending our way through the club, brushing shoulders with the dead and famous. A sad and eerie feeling, really. How about you?  Is there anything that seriously creeps you out?

CL:  It seems like horror writers are either scared of everything or nothing. I fall somewhere in the middle. I saw RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD when I was eleven, and zombies still scare the hell out of me. And JAWS ruined the ocean for me forever. In fact, I’m even afraid of larger fresh water fish.
 
Ink Babes: No sh–!
 
CL: What if a sturgeon or a muskie wanted to take a chunk out of me? What could I do to stop it? Not a whole helluva lot.
 
Ink Babes:   We can imagine how those fears would inspire some interesting tales.  How did your interest in writing originate?
CL:  My interest in writing originated when I read The Hobbit in 4th grade. I imagine its like the kid who picked up the guitar for the first time after seeing Eddie Van Halen shred out a solo. You see someone else do it, and you just KNOW you have to do the same thing, at least categorically. The truly gifted people are the ones who don’t copy, but originate.
 
Ink Babes: Do you work with an outline when you’re creating, or just write?
CL:  When I write, it is almost always organically. That is to say, I don’t plan much out ahead of time. I have a vague sense of where the story is going to go, but I let my characters dictate the pace and direction. If I really don’t like what they’ve done, I can always go back and change it, but the funny thing about my characters is, they’re usually smarter than I am.
 
Ink Babes: LOL! So, what are you working on now?
CL: Right now, I am doing revisions on my first serious novel, LOSING TOUCH, about a man who starts to lose his tangibility. Beta notes are an extremely valuable tool, and I am so thankful for the people who read and commented on the first draft.
 
Ink Babes: Long live Beta readers!!  Thanks so much for joining us. It was a pleasure hanging out with you today.
 
Follow Christian on Twitter @exlibrislarsen and visit exlibrislarsen.com
 
Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales!
 
Ever Yours,
The Ink Babes
 

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Nicky Peacock

Welcome Fans of Fiction Dark and Deadly to the Bleeding Ink Spotlight

 Nicky Peacock is a British author based in the UK. She has stories included in US and UK anthologies, and a list of published work can be found here: http://www.creativemindswriting.co.uk/page18.htm Ramblings from her dark mind can be found on twitter: @nickyp_author

Bleeding Ink Tale: Bad Baby

Ink Babes: Hi Nicky! Welcome to the Author Spotlight! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

NP: I’m a UK author writing: horror, paranormal romance and YA supernatural stories and novels.

Ink Babes:All the genres we love! What sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

NP: I’m a big fan of science and I read an article in the UK magazine ‘New Scientist’ on how the size of the brain at birth can predict a baby’s behaviour in later life – I twisted the theory round, added in a bit of government paranoia, and suddenly Bad Baby was born.

Ink Babes: It’s amazing how just looking into the inner workings of the human body can spark something so frightening. Do you have a fear of anything unusual, Nicky?
NP: Getting lost. I know its pretty irrational but especially getting lost when driving – I hate driving to new places alone just in case I can’t find them. I do have an awful sense of direction as well – which really doesn’t help!

Ink Babes: Well, you have a wonderful sense of direction when writing your stories. Who is your favorite author and why?

NP: I love reading and have quite a few favourite authors. The top ones will vary depending on what I’m reading at the time. Recently I really liked Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games (film didn’t do it justice), Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies (hopefully it’s up and coming film will do it justice). and I am currently reading Karen Marie Moning’s ‘Fever’ series. My all time favourite author is Poppy Z Brite,  especially her early horrors like ‘Lost Souls’ and her short story collection ‘Swamp Foetus’ – she has the ability to turn even the most horrible things into beautiful, almost poetic, prose.

Ink Babes: Ooh, KMM! Love, love, love the Fever Series, and Collins’ trilogy is right up there on our YA list of favs.  Nicky, tell us who is the person you feel supported you most as a writer.

NP:My mum has been the most consistent supporter of my writing – she’s also the biggest critic! She always wanted to be a writer herself but life(me and my brother) got in her way. I would also have to cite my writers’ group here too. It’s so wonderful to be able to meet up with like minded people on a regular basis. They’re a great bunch of imaginative, supportive and amazing people.

Ink Babes: It’s wonderful to have a mum who appreciates writing from a writer’s perspective. What a wonderful support. And, having met each other on Kelley Armstrong’s online writing group, we Ink Babes understand the wonderfully creative things that can happen when you meet authors that jive online.

It’s been great having you drop by today, Nicky. Before we go, is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

NP: Thanks for reading. I’ve just finished my first novel which is a cross genre supernatural urban horror. If you liked ‘Bad Baby” keep up-to-date with my work at http://www.creativemindswriting.co.uk/page8.htm I’m also on Twitter – you can find me here: @NickyP_Author

Ink Babes: Thanks for stepping into the spotlight today, Nicky!

We’d like to congratulate BigBear85 who won a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales for commenting on our last blog posting.
If you’d like to win your own copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales, please comment below. Contest ends Midnight July 25th.

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Nathan J.D.L. Rowark

 
Welcome Darklings to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight
 

Nathan J.D.L. Rowark is a horror writer who lives in London, England. His credits include works published in the Horrorzine, Schlock webzine and various print based publications. Nathan hopes to become further recognised in the field of literary terror, returning to his pen after a 20 year absence.

Bleeding Ink Tale – A Cat in Hell’s Chance
 
 
Ink Babes: Welcome to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight, Nathan.  Please, tell us a little about yourself.
 
NR:  I’m thirty four years old (God that happened quick). I started writing when I was six years old. I wrote a novel when I was twelve, then ducked out for eighteen years.
 
Ink Babes: What??
 
NR: I know.  But, I started writing poetry again two years ago, and have been published in thirty different e-zines and publications since. Two anthologies I’m featured in are in the British Library, and I now mainly write novellas. My first novel entitled ‘Infatuation’ will be available on Amazon in October of this year (2012.)
 
Ink Babes:  Impressive!  By the way, we’ll have to do another interview to find out what you were up to for those 18 years.  So, what sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?
 
NR:  My cat, plain and simple. He was old, and nearing the end of his life. It made me very sad. At eighteen he had caught a mouse that came into my kitchen, whilst the back door to the garden had been left open. I was very proud of him. I started to wonder, what if the mouse returned to wreak vengeance? ‘A Cat in Hell’s Chance’ was born. Miss you Snarf, still sore about that one.
 
Ink Babes: R.I.P Snarf.  Grief, love, hate, there is a vast palette of emotions that inspire great stories. Fear being one that sparks many a  dark tale. What is your darkest fear?
 
NR:  The same as Salvador Dali – death. I can’t stand it, am unable to reason it. I don’t fear my own, just the death of those I love.
 
Ink Babes: Nathan, who is your favorite author?
NR:  My favourite horror author is Clive Barker.
 
Ink Babes: Why is he your fav?
NR: Because, he’s unafraid to write what he sees in his mind, and to challenge convention by doing so. He also appears to have artistic integrity.
 
Ink Babes: What are you working on now?
NR:  I’ve just finished and submitted a piece for the Salvador Dali anthology ‘Dalliances’ to Obsolescence Press (Hope they accept.) I am currently working on the last pages of my first novel, a paranormal romance set in the near future entitled ‘Infatuation’ (as mentioned above.)
 
Ink Babes: Thank you for standing center stage for today’s Author Spotlight, Nathan. We’ll be looking out for “Infatuation”…sounds intriguing.
 
 Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales
Contest ends Sunday July 22 at Midnight (EST)
  
Ever Yours, 
The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Michael C. Keith

Welcome to our Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight Summer Blog Series, where authors from Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales, will be featured throughout the summer.

Our first featured author:

Michael C. Keith is the author of three story collections, an acclaimed memoir, and two-dozen non-fiction books. He is a professor of communication at Boston College and a noted scholar in media studies.

Bleeding Ink Tale:   A Perfect Match

Ink Babes:  Michael, welcome to the  Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight. Why don’t you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself…

MCK:  I’m a driven person, and fortunately in the last handful of years, I’ve been driven to write stories. My website will tell you more about me (although it is about to be updated). www.michaelckeith.com

Ink Babes:  We’ll be sure to check out all the delicious details, Michael.  What drove you to write your Bleeding Ink tale? What sparked the idea?

MCK:  Never quite sure what sparks a tale. Almost anything can. My spark is always inspired by a desire to create something.

Ink Babes: Well, you’ve certainly created a thought-provoking tale in “A Perfect Match”.  We love it.  How did your interest in writing originate?

MCK: I was told by my mother that I wrote a story about a cowboy when I was in second grade. It’s been downhill since then.

Ink Babes: LOL! We’re happy the slippery slope slid you our way!  You know, working on this collection of dark tales, we’ve often wondered what scares the living daylights out of our readers and authors. Do you have a fear of anything… unusual?

MCK: Dark places on a stormy night after reading or watching something scary.

Ink Babes:  Ooh, dark places, stormy nights.  Inspiration!   What are you working on now?

MCK: I try to write a story every ten days or so. Just finished a piece of flash fiction that came to me while in Paris a month ago.

Ink Babes: Ah, Paris…the city of lights, and love, and fine cuisine! It’s a scrumptious segue for our next question:  If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

MCK: Shakespeare for obvious reasons.

Ink Babes: Of course!  Now, as a writer, who do you feel supported you most?

MCK: Family has been right there all along.

Ink Babes: You gotta love family!

Thank you so much for being the first author to step into our Bleeding Ink Spotlight, Michael. Before we dim the bright lights for today, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?

MCK: Support the publication. It isn’t easy to do what the Ink Babes have done.

And now, as promised… a CONTEST!!

In light of the scorching hot weather, we Ink Babes have put away our diabolical plans and opted to go easy on you…this time.

Post a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales.

Contest ends Midnight (EST) Wednesday July 18th.

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

The editors of Bleeding Ink are going to share some love!

Tammy: Did you just say the word love inside the hallowed bloody walls of Bleeding Ink? *huffs*

Pat: Yes, I am aware this is the Bleeding Ink website, and we don’t normally talk about love, unless it’s a love of dark, twisted, horror, and supernatural stories . . . but . . .

Tammy: But what? Make your point woman.

Pat: Well, how about we run some contests and promotions for our new anthology; Bleeding Ink-A Collection of Dark Tales?

Lisa: I think that’s a great idea! And how about some giveaways? Ooooh and maybe a quiz, oooh and make it about the anthology itself, ooooh ooooh and and maybe have a Twitter contest and oooohhh…..

Tammy: Well in that case, I’m in! And while we’re at it how about some posts about the authors who contributed to the anthology? Then we can all get to know them better.

Pat: Excellent!

Lisa: Hey how many stories did we actually read through before we decided on the 60 we chose for the anthology?

Pat: Well, according to my spreadsheet *cause that’s how our organized and efficient little Pat rolls* we read over 200 stories!

Tammy: Holy crap! Guess I got myself so lost in all that great story telling I didn’t realise how many entries there really were.  No wonder it was impossible to choose a favourite. That’s so not like me.

Lisa: Our authors and their contributions really are THE best!!!  They ROCK! *Lisa vibrates joy cause that’s how our little ever loving Lisa rolls*

Pat: So, what are we waiting for? Let’s start plotting out some fun and games to reward our blog readers! *looks pointedly at Tammy*

Tammy: Ya ya, I’m on it. *retreats to creative thinking hovel to plot first attack* You had all better keep your eyes peeled for our post next week, cause I’m bringing out my ‘A’ game Tammy-style babes!

Lisa: Oh this is going to be so fun! Just sharing the love, like you said Pat. 🙂 Group hug!  *and Tammy pretends not to like it cause that’s just how our tough little Tammy rolls*

STAY TUNED FOR GREAT GIVEAWAYS!

Ever yours,

The Ink Babes

PRESS RELEASE FOR BLEEDING INK – NOW AVAILABLE AT SMASHWORDS!

Hear ye!  Hear ye!

Ink Babes Press announces the release of

Bleeding Ink – a Collection of Dark Tales

As promised, this anthology will thrill you, confound you, and have you sitting at the edge of your seat with over sixty deliciously dark tales leaving you breathless, in bloody stitches, or scared half-to-death!

This compilation of paranormal, supernatural, dark and twisted works— penned by forty of today’s most talented and witty writers, novice and veteran alike—will have you looking over your shoulder and turning on all the lights!

Purchase your copy today at www.smashwords.com

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