Category: idols

Blogging is rough work (or I think it would be if I did it more often)

agents, conventions, genre fiction, Habeas Corpse, idols, KillerCon, marketing, Mistresses of the Macabre, publishing, release, World Horror September 30, 2013

Hey there intrepid readers!

Seriously? Have I been so remiss about posting that I haven’t actually written a blog entry since February??

*puts self in blogger time-out*

I’m equally bad about tweeting. Twitter is overwhelming to me, so I generally don’t use it. I do like Facebook, so if you like my blog, come like my FB author page, too (just click the link there). I am a little better about posting to my FB page than I am here.

So anyway… things have been busy since I last posted. Lots of writing, plenty of editing, a motorcycle accident that left me with a broken elbow and some awesome bruises, a couple of conferences, a retreat, the loss of a dear friend. I’ll spare you an epic post and just write about one thing at a time. You can come back for more later.

In June I went to New Orleans for World Horror. This was my third HWA convention, and I always have a blast. I did not, however, enjoy New Orleans. The whole trip started off wrong when my flight down was canceled (this has never happened to me… like, a complete cancellation) due to poor crew scheduling. How does that happen? Anyway, the flight was canceled, which meant two whole different flights, and I got in almost six hours later than I was supposed to. I think I got to the hotel around 1AM, and I was feeling pretty pissy because I’d actually gotten up at 3AM to make the flight that was canceled before the airline (*cough* United) even contacted us. It was hot (like REALLY hot… New Orleans in June…) and the smell in the French Quarter was… was… Let’s just say every time I left the Hotel Monteleone I said to anyone standing within earshot “WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT SMELL??” My best guess is it had something to do with the fact that the French Quarter is below sea level, so nothing drains, there’s trash out 24/7, human *substances* in the street and it’s all mingling and baking that incredible heat. I have what might be called an acute sense of smell, perhaps to make up for my terrible hearing, and it was torment.

That said, the Hotel Monteleone was gorgeous. The beignets were oh so yum. The company was second to none. I had the opportunity to speak with some of my writing heroes and they knocked my socks off. The panels were great, particularly the women in horror panel. I spoke with an agent who’s interested in seeing some of my work, and I’m hoping to have good news on that front in a few months. I was asked to sign a few copies of Mistresses of the Macabre at the mass book signing, which was an awful lot of fun, and I finally got to meet Lori Michelle, my editor for Mistresses. Here are some pictures from World Horror Con 2013:

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Panel on writing dialogue with some of my peeps.

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Panel on working with an editor with my own fab editor, RJ Cavender.

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And a panel on women in the horror genre with Lucy Snyder.

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The Walgreens in New Orleans carries alligator heads.

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Sign on Bourbon Street.

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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and Bar. Really just a bar. It was built between 1722 and 1732 and is believed to be the oldest building in the US used as a bar. No electric lights. Questionable odor and the guy in the banana hammock out front really added pizzazz.

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Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo.

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The Hotel Monteleone has no 13th floor. Where is it?!?!

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Random view of Bourbon Street.

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Cafe Beignet, just a block away from the Hotel Monteleone.

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My husband and mentor/brother-from-another-mother waiting for beignets and coffee.

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BEIGNETS!! I tried my first one and proclaimed, “It’s a funnel cake!!” (I was raised in Pennsylvania Dutch country). Scott promptly gave me the smackdown and said,”NO! It’s a BEIGNET. If you call it a funnel cake, it’s a SNACK. If you call it a beignet, it’s BREAKFAST!”

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I tried to keep my nose buried in a cup of coffee most of the time so I didn’t have to smell the air.

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My new friend.

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How can a writer NOT like a place called THE BACK SPACE BAR?

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Here we were waiting to take a vampire tour, which I was convinced would be full of delicious cheesiness and perhaps people jumping out and yelling boo, but ended being the highlight of the trip.

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See why I thought the vampire tour would be cheese-a-licious? Nope, he was very knowledgeable about NOLA history and gave a fantastic tour.

World Horror Con is always super awesome, and besides the odor of New Orleans, this year didn’t disappoint.

I’ll write a post on the SHU In Your Write Mind later and also one about KillerCon, which I’m just recovering from.

I do have some excellent news on the publication front… we have a release date for Habeas Corpse! On November 2, 2013, the world will meet Theo. Write it on your calendar and buy a copy! Buy three! Buy one for your mom! I’m really excited, and even more so since I met Marc Ciccarone and Joe Spagnola of Blood Bound Books at KillerCon. They’ve been great to work with and are genuinely fun guys. I’m glad to be working with them.

So NOVEMBER 2!!

Till next time!

World Horror Convention 2012… at the Mountains of Madness

idols, writing life April 9, 2012

Breakfast and serial killers. I haven’t been so happy in a long time.

World Horror Convention 2012 was held March 29 through April 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah. I had a blast with some really wonderful people.

I’ve never been to Utah, and I was honestly surprised at how beautiful it was. Hawaii was stunning, but I expected that. Colorado was lovely, but constant altitude sickness put a damper on my enthusiasm for the mountains. I’ve been to some really spectacular places like Neuschwanstein Castle and Hamubrg in Germany and Lake Zurich in Switzerland, and I have to say the landscape of Salt Lake City is right up there.

I arrived around noon, and flew right over the lake and the salt flats. Your eyes follow the completely flat ground right up to the amazing Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges to the east and west. It’s incredibly beautiful and a place I hope to return to.

The main convention activities were held in the Radisson where we stayed. The seminars started at 3 on Thursday  and went through Sunday afternoon, so there was never time to be bored. From “Religion in Horror” to “The Digital Revolution: ebooks and the future of publishing,” everything was covered. Pitch sessions were available and lots of opportunity to chat with industry greats.

On Saturday evening I had the privilege of sitting at a banquet table with Stoker nominee Lawrence Connolly, and fellow writers Swea Nightingale, Leadie Flowers, Elsa Carruthers, Paul Popiel, and Paul Genesse. The Bram Stoker Awards Banquet was incredible, and seeing authors like Joe Lansdale, William Nolan, Rick Hautala, and Rocky Wood was amazing. The award for Vampire Novel of the Century was awarded to Richard Matheson for I Am Legend by Dacre Stoker.

Paul, Stephanie, me, Larry, Q, Swea, and Elsa

I attended a seance on Thursday night… it was… amusing. That’s all I’ll say about it.

I also visited the Fort Douglas military cemetery Friday night with the Wasatch Paranormal Investigation team, where I watched a man provoke ghosts.

The original gate from the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery

Cemetery at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sat in on a seminar given by Al Carlisle, who is a prison psychologist that worked with Ted Bundy and Westley Allan Dodd (particularly fascinating).

I think my favorite part of the convention was the mass autograph signing where many of my favorite authors were available to chat with and sign books.

This was my second WHC, and just as great as the first. Can’t wait for next year!