Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Rick McQuiston

Welcome Dark Fiction Enthusiasts to the Author Spotlight

Rick McQuiston is a forty-four year-old who has been writing for twenty years. He’s had almost 300 publications so far, and has written three novels, six anthology books, and one book of novellas. He also reads at libraries and schools, as well as book shows and author forums.

Bleeding Ink Tale: Something Into Nothing

Ink Babes: Rick, welcome to the author Spotlight. Please tell us about yourself.

RM: I live in Warren, Michigan with my wife of 23 years and my two children. I work for a management/development company during the day and strive to write the perfect horror story during the night.  Aside from my passion for anything horror-related I also enjoy playing drums, watching movies (horror of course), and spending time with my family (my kitten and puppy included).

Ink Babes: Sounds like a well-rounded life. That’s great!  Tell us, what sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

RM: I got the idea for “Something into Nothing” from an unusual experience I had as a kid (I tend to tap into past times in my life for inspiration). I was exploring an old abandoned house when, to this day, I could have sworn I saw a “spot” in one of the rooms that didn’t look quite right. It was on a wall, and when I moved it took on an unnatural look. Creeped me out.

Ink Babes: Wow! Goose flesh just rose on our arms! An experience like that can really have an effect on a young person. Is there anything else that frightens you?

RM:  Spiders and heights.

Ink Babes: Ah-ha! Spiders are up there in the Bleeding Ink fear-factor ratings!  Tell us Rick, how did your interest in writing originate?

RM: My interest in writing probably originated from my love of movies. I used to watch old horror films and study how they were structured and paced. “Jaws” and “Alien” were pivotal in steering me toward horror, and from there I just went crazy with it.

Ink Babes:  With all the writing you do, do you ever experience writer’s block?  How do you work through it?

RM: I get writer’s block on occasion like everyone else. What I do when it hits is turn on the engine and gun it, working through any potential blockades with a sledgehammer, not stopping until I’m satisfied with my work. Sometimes it might turn out different than what I originally had in mind, but as long as it’s quality I don’t mind.

Ink Babes:  And what are you working on now?

RM: Currently, I’m quite busy. I tend to be prolific. While waiting for my editor to finish my third novel, I’m getting my fourth onto the computer (I write everything long-hand), and even started the rough draft of my fifth. I’m also preparing for some upcoming craft shows and horror conventions, working on a “Playground” anthology, and continue to churn out numerous short stories, with an odd novella here and there.

Ink Babes: Well, thank you so much Rick, for taking time out of your hectic schedule to step into the spotlight! We love to get to know our contributing authors.

Thank you to all our Bleeding Inkers who followed our summer spotlight series!

Would you like to own a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales? Comment for your last chance to win this summer!

Ever yours,

The Ink Babes

PS: The anthology is available for purchase by clicking the book cover on the side pane.

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Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Krista Walsh

Welcome Friends of Dark Justice to the Author Spotlight

Krista Walsh It says something about a person when her own parents believe she’s a bit round the bend. Prone to talking to herself, and with only one foot in reality, Krista Walsh has long accepted that normalcy is overrated. A lover of all things gothic, and fantastical, she tags along on the adventures of sorceresses and vampires, bringing their stories to the mundane place that is the real world.

Bleeding Ink Tale: The Night Belongs to Me

Ink Babes: Welcome Krista to the Author Spotlight. Please tell our followers a little bit about yourself.

KW: Canadian, Cancerian, chocoholic. I think that pretty much sums up my personality. In writing? I’m obsessed with gothic themes. While I avoid horror (can’t handle it), I love to lose myself in the dark and twisted. Watching a Tim Burton movie is like taking a look inside my head.

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

KW: I’m not the only author in this anthology to say this, but “The Night Belongs to Me” is the result of a the November flash fiction contest at forum.devinwrites.com. We were told to write about a Dark Angel, so Lucy came into being. I’ve had her in my head for awhile, but this was a great opportunity to get her on paper.

Ink Babes: We Ink Babes love flash fiction challenges. especially when they require us to tap into our fears. What would that be for you?

KW: Tornados. I’ve never seen one, or lived anywhere that was overly threatened by them, but they’re a common element in my stress dreams.

Ink Babes: Krista, what do you do when you are not writing?

KW: Not…writing…? I’m a DVD junkie. Movies, TV series – I’m all over it (And we’re back to Burton). My collection comes nowhere close to my book collection, but it’s still impressive.

Ink Babes:  And when you are? Which is your favourite genre to write?

KW: Lately I’ve been focused more on fantasy in general, dark and contemporary specifically, but I’ll try my hand at anything that inspires me. The common element in everything I write is a lead female character that kicks a lot of ass. I tried to write a weak character once. I got one paragraph in before she took over and started biting.

Ink Babes:  LOL! Funny how that happens! What are you working on now?

KW: While I have a few projects in the works, my focus right now is on the anthology follow up to Devin O’Branagan’s Witch Hunt. I’m thrilled to be a part of it and really excited to see where it goes.

Ink Babes: Wicked! We’ll be sure to look out for it’s release!

Thank you Krista for joining us in the spotlight today. It was great having you drop by.

For your chance to win your own a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales, post a comment.

Ever yours,

The Ink Babes

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.

If you haven’t read our anthology and would like a chance to win a copy, please comment below.

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 – 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/

Have you read Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales?  Post a comment for a chance to win a copy!

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 – 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

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