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?

Please 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 – 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 – 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.

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 – 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

Comment for a chance to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales,  the anthology people are calling All creepy and wonderfully dark.” (Smashwords Review)

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 – 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
 
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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

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