Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales Available on Smashwords

 60  dark tales by 40 authors – from short stories to poetry – this collection offers something  for everyone!

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Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

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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 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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