Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Robert Lee Frazier

Welcome Devourers of Decadent Dark Tales to the Author Spotlight

Robert Lee Frazier has been writing stories and poems for over ten years. He is currently working on a novel and a set of weird sketches based on paintings by Hieronymus Bosch. Frazier has never boasted graduating from a distinguished art school. Follow his authorial tribulations on his blog www.robertleefrazier.com

Bleeding Ink Tale – Rob Pernell’s Tale

Ink Babes: Welcome to the spotlight, Robert. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

RLF: I’m an author of numerous published short stories, poems, and even an odd essay. When not immersed in the world of writing (i.e. my day job) I’m a baker by profession. You can keep up with my authorial daring-do at www.robertleefrazier.com
 
Ink Babes: What sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?
RLF: This tale is part of an unpublished story-collection titled Strange Season. After I created the character Rob Pernell, I’d been looking for an opportunity to tell his back-story.
 
Ink Babes: Rob Pernell gets quite a fright in his dark tale. We’re wondering if you have a fear of anything unusual?
RLF: I’m not sure it’s unusual, but all my life I’ve had a dread fear of burning to death in a fire. Perhaps, this is why I got rid of my antagonists the way I did?
 
Ink Babes:  Haha! Clever! Robert, tell us, what are you reading at the moment?
RLF: I am reading Christopher Moore’s book Sacre Bleu. He is one of my all-time favorite authors. I highly recommend this, and all of his other works. He is one of the few authors who can make me laugh out-loud while reading.
 
Ink Babes: Love those LOL moments! What are you working on now?
RLF: I’m working on a strange short story titled Lordess of the Small Things. It combines the reunion of a woman with tiny creatures from her childhood, and the controversial Hill Top Mining Method. I don’t know if it will change attitudes concerning this destructive mining practice but, I hope it makes readers stop and think.
 
Ink Babes: If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
RLF: Ray Bradbury. His life and work was such an inspiration to me. He is dearly missed.
 
Ink Babes: Yes, missed by many. Thank you so much for stepping into the spotlight, Robert. Before we say au revoir, is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?
RLF: Yes, buy this anthology. The reading community needs to support publishing ventures like Bleeding Ink.

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Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Sally A. Wolf

Welcome Children of the Night to the Author Spotlight

Sally A. Wolf believes that a writer should write always, and she always has. Passionate about the written word, she reads voraciously, blogs, and wrote her first dark story at 10 years old. Happily married, Sally is the mother of four children who beg her to tell them bedtime stories of her own creation.

Bleeding Ink Tales: The Devil’s Daughter & I Am A…

Ink Babes: Welcome Sally, to the Author Spotlight. Let’s begin with you telling us a little bit about yourself.

SW: I believe that a writer should write always, and I always have. I am passionate about the written word, I read voraciously, blog, and wrote my first story at 10 years old. Happily married, I am the mother of four children who love to hear me tell them bedtime stories of my own creation.

Ink Babes: What a wonderfully lucky audience!  What sparked the ideas for your Bleeding Ink tales?

SW: Both of my tales were flash fiction entries at http://forum.devinwrites.com/ “I am a…” was created for the October prompt “Begin a story with this line: No one believed the curse was real”.  “The Devil’s Daughter” was created for the November contest “Write a story about a dark angel”.

Ink Babes: Love, love, love prompts! They give us a creative jolt!  Tell us Sally, do you have a fear of anything unusual?
SW: For the most part I am not afraid of anything, except maybe driving, but I do have a slight fear of large grasshoppers. My brothers dumped a whole jar of them on my head when I was little and ever since I have been a little bit wary of them.

Ink Babes: And how did your interest in writing originate?
SW: When I was a little girl I was abused by my stepmother and her son. To escape this pain I read whatever I could. As I grew older I realized that the books are what kept me alive all of those years. I wanted to give that salvation to someone else so I started writing. This gave me an outlet for all of my bottled up emotions and I was free for the first time in my life.

Ink Babes:  The power of the written word never held more significance… We’re sorry to hear about your past but truly inspired by your honesty and strength.

What are you working on now?
SW: Right now I am working on the sixth installment of my Detective Katherine Pig Series. Set to be released by the end of this year.

Ink Babes: A sixth installment? Congratulations! We wonder, with such success, have you ever hated something you wrote but everyone else loved?

SW: Funny you should ask, both of my entries for this very anthology were ones I was not sure of or even thought were any good.

Ink Babes: We Ink Babes were on the look-out for unique tales. We loved both of yours.

Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Sally. Before we turn off the spotlight, is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

SW: Thank you for taking the time to broaden your mind as a reader and fill it with these wonderful stories written by talented writers.

Discover Sally’s tales and those of 39 other authors, by purchasing your own copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales, or by posting a comment for your chance to win a copy of the anthology.

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Phil Temples

Welcome Sci-Fi enthusiasts to the Author Spotlight

Phil Temples has written flash and short sci-fi/fantasy for over ten years for his own enjoyment. He recently participated in National Novel Writing Month with a full length mystery novel. Phil works as a computer systems administrator at a Boston-area university. He lives in Watertown, MA.

Bleeding Ink Tale:  Last Call

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Phil. Let’s start with you telling  us a little bit about yourself.

PT: I’m a computer geek who works at a large university in Boston. I’m married, with no children. I’m a fan of good — and some not-so-good movies. I’m an avid ham radio operator. I also play around with a garage band – mostly I beat a tambourine while singing harmony.

Ink Babes:  Haha! We see the word “ham” could be applied to more than just radio operating!   What sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

PT: I’ve always been a science fiction fan, and this story gave me the perfect opportunity to write a short tale where one of my favorite all-time scifi shows figures prominently into the plot.

Ink Babes: Your tale had us thinking,  hmm…what if? You never know who or what could be sitting in plain sight. Kind of frightening, actually. Are you afraid of anything unusual?

PT: No, just the usual common-variety sorts of things: like, pain, suffering, and being subjected to rap music.

Ink Babes: What is your favourite genre to write, Phil?

PT:  Unquestionably, that would be fantasy and magical realism. I love to exploit the “O. Henry” endings.

Ink Babes: And what are you working on now?

PT: I’ve been polishing a slightly longer novelette-length science fiction tale revolving around the characters in a circus in the 1930s.

Ink Babes: Sci-fi and the circus…sounds interesting.  What book is on your bedside table?

PT: That would be “Mile Marker Zero” by William McKeen. I discovered him recently on Facebook. He grew up in my hometown in Indiana, but he lives and works just a few miles away from me.

Ink Babes: Social networking is so important for authors. It’s how we get our names out there, with the hopes avid readers will find us and our published works. Who is your favorite author?

PT: Dead–would be either H.P. Lovecraft. His works scare the hell out of me. Living–Patricia Cornwell and her “Kay Scarpetta” series. I especially appreciate her strong female protagonists.

Ink Babes: You’ve told us that your wife is your biggest supporter, even thought she gets turned off by some of your darker stores. Is there anyone else who supports your writing?

PT: I’m getting a lot of constructive criticism and encouragement from my good friend, Michael Keith.

Ink Babes: Ah! A fellow Bleeding Ink contributor! Imagine that! Friends published in the same anthology. That’s so cool!

Phil, thank you for stepping into the spotlight. Would you would like to say anything to our Bleeding Ink readers before we dim the lights?

PT: Well, in the immortal words of Gov. Sarah Palin, “I want to give a big “shout out” to all of you storytellers out there. Keep up the good work!

Did you enjoy this spotlight feature? Have you read, “Last Call”, Phil’s Bleeding Ink tale, if so, what did you think?  If not, would you like a chance to read this story and many others?

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Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Madeline Barr

Welcome lovers of Dark Poetry to the Author Spotlight

Madeline Barr haunts Southern Ontario. She’s the keeper of critters and the breaker of bones. When possessed, she writes articles about lizards or ghosts. She’s also been known to conjure up the occasional sci-fi poem. Visit her website at http://madelinebarr.blogspot.com/ and follow her on twitter @MadelineBarr

Bleeding Ink Tale: You Are Not My Child

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Madeline. Please, tell us a little bit about yourself.

MB: I’m a wife and mother of two.  I usually keep my dark side to myself but it’s just started to slowly creep out. Most people who know me personally are usually surprised to read some of my darker work. On my blog I have broken down my creepy bio found in Bleeding Ink: http://madelinebarr.blogspot.ca/2012/07/my-bleeding-ink-bio-explained.html

Ink Babes: What sparked the idea for “You Are Not My Child”, your Bleeding Ink tale?
MB: A personal experience, a little curiosity, an over active imagination and some shadows in the dark.

Ink Babes: Ooh, dark shadows…always a great inspiration. What are you afraid of?
MB:I don’t like being alone when things go bump in the night. My over active imagination works double time when I’m tired.

Ink Babes: What is your favourite genre to write?
MB: I really enjoy writing silly stories and poems for children however I seem to be writing more and more scifi. I’ve had a scifi poem published in the print version of Scifaikuest and another is to be printed in their August issue as well as this poem in Bleeding Ink. I also have a scifi novel manuscript I’m working on.

Ink Babes: When you write, do you work with an outline?
MB: The way I work varies. The idea for this poem was bouncing around in my head for quite a while but I could never find a format or a home for it. Just as I learned Ink Babes were calling for submissions I also learned about the roundel poem format. Both were perfect fits.

Ink Babes: We agree. Your story is a perfect fit with our collection of dark tales. Madeline, we’d like to thank you for stepping out of that dark, inspirational place and into the spotlight. Before we dim the lights, is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

MB: I hope the readers enjoy all the wonderful, creative stories and poems in Bleeding Ink.

Feel free to visit Madeline’s blog at http://madelinebarr.blogspot.ca/

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Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Gary Hewitt

Welcome Readers of Dark Fiction to our Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight

Gary Hewitt is a writer who lives in a small village in Kent in the UK. He has had several stories published and is delighted to appear in this anthology of Bleeding Ink. His style is dark and rather unique. He is a member of the Hazlitt Arts Writers’ Group.

Bleeding Ink Tale: First Meal

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Gary. Let’s start with you telling us a little bit about yourself.

GH: I live in a small village in Kent in the United Kingdom. I enjoy reading and writing prose/poetry. My tales do tend to be on the dark side although not always.

Ink Babes: And what sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

GH: I wanted a vampire tale with a bit of a different outlook. I believe the story achieves this aim.

Ink Babes: It does and deliciously, so.

Gary, is there anything in particular you’re afraid of?

GH: Wasps, can’t stand them!

Ink Babes: Oh!  One of those nasties got a chunk out of an Ink Babe last week!  So, we totally understand your fear of them! They pack a mighty fiery sting!

Speaking of sting, when did you get bitten by the writing bug?

GH: Back at school when the teacher read my work out to the class, much to my embarrassment. 

Ink Babes: She obviously saw your potential…  And now that you’re a writer, who would you say supported you most?

GH: My dear online friend Sharon Edwards. She often told me to get busy and get writing. She’s certainly helped me pen a few tales over the years.

Ink Babes: We all need a friend like Sharon! Do you have a favorite author?

GH: Very difficult to pin down to one. Would be Tolkien due to his incredible imagination. Must mention Herbert, King, Masterton, Lovecraft, Dickens, Conan Doyle, Bulgakov (could go on and on!) I love the classics and their writing style. I’m reading Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, at the moment.

Ink Babes: What are you working on now?

GH: I have two novels to edit…eventually. I’ve also a poem and a short story to prepare for my next meet up at the local writers’ group, I’ve also plenty of stories to edit.

Ink Babes: Thank you for stepping into the spotlight, Gary. Before you scurry off to get your edits done, is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

GH: Just to say enjoy this excellent publication and there’s plenty more to come!

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 – Corinne Lambert Murphy

Welcome Deliciously Dark Dreamweavers to the Author Spotlight

Corinne Lambert Murphy enjoys the thrills and chills of a dark tale. An early fascination with the works of Edgar Allan Poe set the pattern for a life-long love of twisted, disturbing stories that linger in the back of the mind, long after the book is closed.

Bleeding Ink Tale – Watcher

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Spotlight, Corinne.

CLM: Thank you for this terrific avenue to the esteemed readers.  I am very pleased to take part in this series.

Ink Babes: We’re thrilled to have you here. Please, tell us a little bit about yourself.
CLM: I live in the mountains surrounded by tall Douglas Firs and endless vistas.  A babbling brook flows nearby.  I grow beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables in my perfect, weed-less garden. I pluck ripe, dark cherries and sweetly perfumed peaches from pristine trees in the dappled sunshine.  Or…I live on the flatlands near a shallow lake.  A pool understudies for the brook.  The flowers need watering.  Dog to walk.  Grocery shopping.  Fantasy vs reality?  Done.

Ink Babes: Both sound wonderful, actually! With the heat we’ve been experiencing lately, a pool,  a brook, either would be most refreshing and welcomed. So, with all that inspiration surrounding you, what sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

CLM:  I watched a spider busily spinning his web.  He appeared to pay no attention to me; although I’m sure he trained at least one of his eight eyes in my direction.  A fly landed near of the instantly inert spider.  The fly fell for the ruse and walked with purpose straight into the web.  The spider zipped over to the trap and mummified his hapless victim before the fly heard the dinner bell.

Ink Babes: Many of our readers and authors have admitted to possessing a fear of spiders, yet, you watched one intently with what seems to be admiration. If spiders don’t creep you out, what are you afraid of? Anything unusual?

CLM: Other drivers, collapsing bridges and overpasses, but there’s nothing unusual about that – it’s expected.  Deep sea monsters would be a problem for me if I were a marine biologist.  Whew!  No problem there.  Flying in a balloon looks pretty scary.  And how about ziplining?  Been there, done that and will never do it again – and yes, it is.  Very.  Scary.  Fog is pretty creepy – but I like it.

Ink Babes: Ziplining? You’re a thrill seeker! LOL!  Tell us Corinne,  who is the person you feel supported you most, as a writer?

CLM: My family and friends have always cheered me on, but none has offered the concrete opportunity such as that from my dear sister-in-law.  Love and support combined with real life options, or the lack thereof, can make or break any writer.  She knows who she is and she knows what she’s done.  It’s all her fault if my story keeps you awake at night – as well it should.

Ink Babes:  We asked for deliciously dark and that’s what you gave us – I’m still picking out tasty morsels from my back molars.  When you wrote “Watcher” was there a message you hoped your readers would grasp?

CLM: If I did my job properly, you heard the knife slicing through Eli’s leathery flesh; the shouting spectators; the wailing sirens.  You winced at the cracking sound of the shoulder joint separating. You tried not to see the crushed bodies. You recoiled at the texture of half-chewed spider on your tongue.  You smelled the meaty odor of Eli soup cooking; the steaming hot dogs and the coppery tang of fresh blood in the crisp air. 

Ink Babes: Thank you for stepping into the spotlight Corinne. Before we dim the light, is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

CLM: Dense fog in late October rolls in off the bay as you take your usual evening stroll.  There is a faint echo of footsteps behind you.  Your turn quickly, to find you’re alone in the dark.  You laugh out loud, but the sound is hollow and your amygdala ignores your false cheer.  You tell yourself the nightmares created by your favourite writers are not real.  The ten-year-old you were isn’t so sure.

Ink Babes: Wicked!

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Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Jason Heitkamper

 Welcome Dark Fiction Enthusiasts to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight

Jason Heitkamper lives in St Petersburg, Florida where he writes around his day job as a surgical technologist. He was raised on healthy portions of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft and has always nurtured a fondness for ghosts, monsters, robots and aliens of all types.

Bleeding Ink Tale: Retention

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

JH: I was born in Florida and I’ve spent most of my 34 years here.  I’ve been a fan of reading since I was young, an interest that my parents supported with a variety of books and time to read them.  I wanted to be a writer when I was a kid but real life issues directed me to the medical field.  Only recently have I decided to revisit my love of writing.

Ink Babes: What sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

JH: I was brainstorming for a project in a creative writing class and I found myself thinking of the lake behind the house I grew up in.  It was connected to canals that ran through the nearby neighborhoods and when it rained the whole network would fill up.  I often wondered what could get caught in the pipes that connected them and it all just clicked into place.

Ink Babes: What are you afraid of?

JH: I am no fan of the dark.  Not the darkness itself, but noises I hear when I’m in it.  Not being able to see the source of an unexpected sound always puts me on edge.  I suppose it really boils down to fear of the unknown.  We all have a little of that, don’t we?

Ink Babes: We certainly do. Do you have a day job as well?

JH: I am a surgical technologist and a surgical technology instructor.  Working the operating room is an amazing experience and being able to help others achieve the same opportunity is incredibly rewarding.  I enjoy it so much that I’ve recently changed my degree focus to education.

Ink Babes: What about your writing, on which genre and themes do you focus most?

JH: I can’t get away from horror in terms of genre.  I grew up reading my father’s collection of Stephen King novels and there is something about being afraid that always appealed to me.  Even my fantasy and sci-fi stories tend to carry a dark seed in them.  Thematically, I’ve always been a fan of normal, everyday people overcoming great odds in pursuit of the greater good.

Ink Babes: Who is the person you feel supported you most, as a writer.

JH: My wife, no question.  She has always urged me to pursue writing, even offering to keep us afloat financially if I choose to write full time.  When we first started dating, this was just a couple of weeks into the relationship, she bought me a writing journal and told me to use it.  I know that she will always believe in me and that’s crucial for a writer, as we often stop believing in ourselves.

Ink Babes: You’ve got a gem there, Jason, a real gem. Thanks for stepping into the spotlight.

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Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Ron Koppelberger

Welcome Lovers of the Dark to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight

Bleeding Ink Tales: A Vain Bit of Beauty and The Evil Eye

Ron Koppelberger is a poet, a short story writer and an artist. He has written 103 books of poetry over the past several years and 18 novels. He has been published in England, Australia, Canada, Japan, India, Mauritius, Italy, France, Germany, China, Spain and Thailand. He has been published in The Stray Branch, The Fringe, Write On!!! (Poetry Magazette) Static Movement, Necrology Shorts and Record Magazine.

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Ron. Tell us about yourself.

RK: I am a writer, a poet and an artist;  I also enjoy making music.  I have published hundreds of stories and poems as well as 170 piecces of artwork.  I enjoy making music in my spare time,  a passion for me generally.  I recently published five books with amazon.com and I am currently working on another anthology for Static Movement.  I love to reach new audiences,  I have twelve websites I do that with.
 
Ink Babes: Incredible!!!  You have two tales published in Bleeding Ink. What sparked the ideas for them?

RK: The story “A Vain Bit of Beauty”  was inspired by the old detective shows of the fifties and forties.  I thought of Greta Garbo,or Kathrine Hepburn maybe even a touch of Betty Davis when I wrote this (A perfect part for Betty).

Ink Babes: Formidable women, for sure. In Evil Eye, Precious is formidable in her own right,  messing around with some scary stuff (we won’t say what – you’ll have to read it to find out). How about you, Ron, anything give you a fright?

 
RK: I’ve always been afraid of spiders……all spiders!!!
 

Ink Babes: Spiders…hmm…that seems to be a trend among our dark fiction writers. Definitely a topic for a future discussion!  So, what are you working on now? 

RK: Currently, I am working on an anthology for Static Movement called Wolf Craft.  It concerns the wolf, lycanthropy in all of its forms.  This is my first anthology with Static but I have written stories for 100 or so of their anthologies.  I am currently accepting submissions for Wolf Craft.
 
Ink Babes: And when you write, do you work with an outline? 

RK: Usually I wake up at one or two in the morning…..the dead of night and just start writing.  I rarely use an outline.
 
Ink Babes: What do you do when you are not writing? 

RK: I like to do artwork.

Thank you for stepping into the spotlight today, Ron.

To find out more about Ron, visit his blog www.horrorrush.blogspot.com

Winner of copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales, who commented on our last author spotlight – Sam Knight

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Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – J.A. Campbell

Welcome Dark Fiction Fans to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight

J. A Campbell writes fantasy novels. When Julie is not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side.

Bleeding Ink Tales – By Full Moon’s Light and Roses for the Devil.

Ink Babes: Welcome Julie! Great to have you join the Ink Babes today. Would you tell us a little bit about yourself.

JAC: I’m pretty normal I think… er, wait a minute. Nope, not… I write, I ride horses and I play and do recreational herding with my dog. That’s me. Sometimes I see my friends and I have a day job. I love the outdoors and I’m happiest when I’m in the country or the mountains and writing.
Ink Babes: Sounds wonderful. With all that inspiration around you, what sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tales?

By Full Moon’s Light started as my playing around with the idea that one of Kat’s best friends is a vampire hunter… what happens when he finds out what she is? How does he find out, since she’s pretty careful? I was playing with those ideas when this story came about.

I honestly can’t remember how I thought of Roses for the Devil. It’s related to other stories me and a friend have cowritten in that world. I think I wanted to write a story about deadly roses.

Ink Babes: Do you have a fear of anything unusual, Julie?
JAC: Only if you count mealworms as an unusual fear. *shudders*

Ink Babes: Eww! Haha, I think many readers would be shuddering along with you! 

Tell us what genre you love to write?

JAC: I love Fantasy, all forms of it. To me Fantasy includes horror, urban fantasy, high fantasy, steampunk, all of those and more. My favorite stories blend elements from all the genres, though I do tend to write darker tales. I’m mean to my main characters.

Ink Babes: We love writers who don’t hold back. What about your writing routine? Do you do anything strange or quirky?

JAC: Mostly it involves sitting at my desk and tea. Tea is key, if I’m having a hard time focusing, I get a cup of tea. It’s almost like a trigger for my brain to get into writing mode.

Ink Babes:  What are you working on now?

JAC: My list is intimidating. The short version is: Edits on a Steampunk called Serpent Queen that I hope to have out this fall, Edits on several Doc stories, the next Clanless Novel (Senior Year Bites was the first), Line edits on Summer Break Blues – the second Clanless novel, a short story submission to an anthology… yeah, that’s the short list.

Ink Babes: That is intimidating and fantastic! We’ll make sure to update everyone with release dates. Thanks for stepping into the spotlight, Julie!

You can find out more about Julie’s books at www.writerjacampbell.com

The winner from those who commented on our last spotlight was Katherine Bird!

Please 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 – Jay Faulkner

Welcome to those who enjoy things Dark and Twisted…to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight

Jay Faulkner resides in Northern Ireland with his wife, Carole, and their boys, Mackenzie and Nathaniel. While he’s a writer, martial-artist, sketcher, and dreamer he says he’s mostly just a husband and father. His work’s been published widely and was short-listed in the 2010 Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition. www.jayfaulkner.com

Bleeding Ink Tale: Scratch

Ink Babes: Hey Jay! Welcome to the Author Spotlight! Thrilled you’re joining us today. The Ink Babes had a  blast on your radio show yesterday – what a delicious pleasure to be turning the tables on such a cool guy!  

JF: It was great having on Following the Nerd. You know if your blog followers missed the live show, they can catch the podcast at our website. www.followingthenerd.com

Ink Babes: That’s great!  Thanks!  We’re going to check it out, too.  Say, why don’t we  begin the interview with  you telling  us a little bit about yourself? 

JF: Sure. I live in Northern Ireland with my wife, Carole, and our two boys, Mackenzie and Nathaniel. I.T. pays the bills but I’m also a writer, martial artist, and sketcher.
 I founded ‘With Painted Words’ – www.withpaintedwords.com – a creative writing site with inspiration from monthly image prompts, and ‘The WiFiles’ – www.thewifiles.com – an online speculative fiction magazine, published weekly a few years ago and have just launched Four Parts Press – www.fourpartspress.com – an independent publisher.

Ink Babes: That’s impressive! With all that creativity surrounding you, what was it that sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

JF: A painting of an old man propped up against a bar.  In my head, it couldn’t simply be an old man having a drink, there HAD to be more to it.  The story kind wrote itself; first came the end – where the demon was revealed, then what he was doing, then, finally, who he was doing it to.  The title had a two-fold meaning – seven-year itch, and the Devil’s nickname.
 
Ink Babes: Haha! Love it!! Image prompts inspire some mighty  fine and frightful stories.  I hope you don’t mind, but we love to peek inside the heads of our authors by asking: Do you have a fear of anything…unusual?

JF: Completely, totally and utterly terrified of spiders.  That may not sound unusual, as arachnophobia is one of the most common ones around, so I’m told, but I’ve jumped out of a moving car because a spider was inside and just seeing one – even on TV – can lead to violent nightmares where I sleep walk and sleep fight.  It isn’t irrational, though – spiders ARE evil incarnate and trying to kill me!

 
Ink Babes: Wow! We’ve never heard of anyone going to that extreme to escape those eight-legged nasties! Unusual, indeed! As a martial-artist, you probably sprung right up and landed on your feet! 

So, what do you do when you’re not writing, hosting radio talk shows, and jumping out of moving cars?

JF: I’m an IT Services Manager with a specialism in information security.  I teach two classes of Kung-Fu a week.  I run two online magazines and I’ve just started a publishing company.  I work with the Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership, and run their social-media stuff, and involved with the Arts & Disability Forum Ireland, as I suffer from genetic mutations (without the superpowers).  I’m a school Governor.  I’m a full-time husband and father.  Occasionally I sleep.

Ink Babes: In our corner of the world, we call that SUPERDAD! What a role model for Mackenzie and Nathaniel. You’re wife must be proud.

What is your favourite theme/genre to write about?

JF: Anything non-mundane.  The broad genre is definitely speculative fiction and I do like to stay close to reality while taking a little detour in the fantastical.  I have a pure fantasy novella published, and some short stories that are sci-fi and horror, including a zombie romance.  The novel is supernatural/horror too. So, yeah, spec-fic. In terms of themes I tend to enjoy emotive, twisting, character-based stories but don’t restrict further than that.

Ink Babes: And what are you working on now?

JF: Four Parts Press with two collections at the formatting stage and about to do an open call for submissions for a charity anthology.  I’m also focusing on my first novel – which, in a nutshell, features an American Muslim tattoo artist fighting the cops, Iranian organised crime and a creature from her nightmares all because evil is sometimes only skin deep. Research with tattoo artist and a theologian ongoing, plus outlining.  Actual writing starts August.

Sounds like you’re going to have an action-packed summer, Jay!  Thanks for taking center stage today. The spotlight suits you!

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Ever yours,

The Ink Babes

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