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

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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!

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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

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