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

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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!

Comment for a chance to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales. The anthology reviewed as , “A must read!” (Smashwords)

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

The Ink Babes on Following the Nerd Radio Today!!

Attention, Attention!

We interupt our regularly scheduled Author Spotlight Series to tell you The Ink Babes will be interviewed on Following the Nerd live internet radio today!

Join us at Following the Nerd where Jay Faulkner, Internet Radio Host, Blogger, Writer, and contributing Bleeding Ink Author talks with us about

Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales.

Tonight’s live show starts at 9pm GMT (4pm EST) with the Ink Babes scheduled at 10pm GMT ( 5pm EST)

Join us here tomorrow when the Ink Babes feature Jay Faulkner in our Author Spotlight Series!

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

The Long Journey

We are pleased to annouce that all the pieces for the anthology have now been selected!

*dances*

HUGE thank-you to all those who submitted to Bleeding Ink. Whether you were chosen for publication or not, we were honoured for the opportunity to read and share in your work.

We are now in the process of editing and compiling the accepted submissions and author bio’s as we prepare them for publication. Also working on a bloody good cover etc. *evil grin*

Our release goal date is June 1st so stay tuned for further updates!

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Pat/Tammy/Lisa

Those Poor Bloody Babes

So the other day I’m reading through a pile of submissions to Bleeding Ink Anthology (yes I actually print them off to read them), anyways I pick up this one particular story and get this nasty paper cut from it. Like, really bad. So immediately I look around for sparkling vampires, cause ya now, you can’t be too sure in my line of work, anyways, no such luck.

So I grab a Band-aid and find myself thinking Wow this must be a really AWESOME story, it made me bleed! I lcheck the title and it’s called One Babe At A Time, and the author? Yours truly. ME. Um ya, except for one little problem, I didn’t write it.

Naturally I’m curious so I carry it with me down to the basement, curl up under the sofa light, and begin to read;

Once upon a time there were three bloody babes…

Well, it was a long story, I’ll sum up; A macabre tale describing how I was going to kill off my two fellow Ink Babes in a big bloody mess during which I did A LOT of evil cackling until they were dead dead dead. Good times. Well at least until the next day when I apparently died of a paper cut I received whilst reading their obits in the local news rag.

At the time I thought it all very ironic but now that I’m here writing this letter from the ‘other’ side, I’m rather less than amused. I’m sure you can imagine why. I’m also sure you’re wondering why I’m telling you all this and where you fit in?

Well you see it’s like this, I stumbled across another story shortly before my untimely death and um, apparently it was written by yourselves. It went something like this;

Once upon a time there were a bunch of bloody blog readers…

The clock is ticking people and time is running out, closing date for the anthology is March 31st!!! Be sure to get any outstanding submissions in to us pronto!

Ever yours,

The Ink Babes

They Bleed Ink

The ideas flow from his mind,

Words spilling out make room for more,

Creativity courses through his being like a virus,

Being eradicated from his soul,

Writing is a compulsion,

It’s his life.

 

Plots and characters, dark and sinister,

Come forth to tell their stories, relentlessly,

They won’t rest until they are released, freed,

Letting them escape onto pages,

She can’t stop writing,

It’s a passion.

 

The realm opens, darkness sweeps through,

Setting free the worlds invading their thoughts,

Bloody corpses, creatures of the night, and day,

Inspiration abounds, a tomblike process,

They know what it’s like,

To bleed ink.

Poetry

     Poetry (from the Greek ‘poiesis’/ποίησις [poieo/ποιέω], a making: a forming, creating, or the art of poetry, or a poem) is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning. (Taken from Wikipedia/Poetry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry )

Poetry may evoke different interpretations to the words or evoke emotive responses. Poetry often leaves readers with multiple interpretations of the poem. Poetry may not always rhyme, may have styles, techniques or forms from different cultures, languages, but it is as much an art form as storytelling or any other art form.

Here at Bleeding Ink Anthology, we accept all forms of poetry, but they should leave the reader with reason to pause and ponder what is being said in the poem. It could include dark, supernatural, occult, or creepy elements, or it could contain an element of humour, but it must invoke a response of some kind and perhaps leave us wanting more.

Feel free to send us your scary, dark, or twisted poems. We’d love to read them and consider them for this anthology.

And may all your dreams be creative and useful,

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes 

 

 

 

Bleeding Ink Post #1

We here at The Ink Babes are almost ready to roll this puppy out. It has taken much thought and research to prepare for this little darkling of ours but we undertook the project knowing exactly what we wanted to accomplish with it. We believe that what we’ve done here is provide a setting for ourselves and other writers to showcase some wonderfully dark and thought provoking stories, and we also hope that this is the first of many projects to come.

Yes, we write for ourselves, because we love it, but we also write to share our ideas and our creative thoughts, characters, plots and fantasies with others who enjoy reading these types of stories and poems.

Supernatural, witches, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, necromancers, fairies, death, blood, gore, goth, creatures, apocalypse, and anything else with dark undertones are welcome here.

Our pages aren’t filled with romance or sex, but stories hell bent on making the reader think about what is possible outside of the real world.

As Tammy would say, combining all our thoughts and ideas was like creating a winning hockey team, lots of hard work and plenty of sweat. Pat would say, it was like designing a dress, plan, cut, put it together, cut some more, then finish it off. Lisa would say, it ended up coming together like a well rehearsed song. And then we all said, lets send it out into the world and see what kind of magic happens. 🙂

We hope to share our thoughts with you now and then about this project and its progress so be sure to ‘follow’ us. We’re working on some wonderful marketing concepts, giveaways, and teasers too!

We hope you’ll share our enthusiasm for this anthology as we look forward to producing something for you that is unique and impactful to readers everywhere.

Ever yours,

InkBabes

Lisa, Pat, and Tammy

Ink spattered pages ~ Mind full of music and muse ~ Madness of genius

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