Monday, February 17, 2014

KATHRYN MEYER GRIFFITH - WOMAN IN HORROR!




http://www.blazemcrob.com/2013/03/kathryn-meyer-griffith-woman-in-horror.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3q9rZryFMo



Kathryn Meyer Griffith is my Woman In Horror today! I honestly can not say enough about her superb writing! She draws me in to every one of her fantastic stories. The Last Vampire and Dinosaur Lake  are my favorite tales from her. Kathryn is my absolute favorite Apocalyptic author!

Pretty much, Kathryn has made my job easy by sending in a special post for me. Thank you, Kathryn! That being the case, I won't add in much of my own words. However, I suggest that readers and writers alike read the wonderful Q&A between Kathryn and myself from my last year's Woman In Horror post I did for her.  http://www.blazemcrob.com/2013/03/kathryn-meyer-griffith-woman-in-horror.html This explains the struggles she has been forced to endure over the years, not just as an author, but as a person.

Many people think that once you become published by a "big" publisher that you have have grabbed the brass ring from the merry-go-round. Not so. Kathryn was, and received the shaft, for the most part. And now, those publishers are belly up. But, even though Kathryn has decided to go the self-publishing route now, she still has a great working relationship with Kim Richards at Damnation Books/Eternal Books. Kathryn is appreciative of the help she has received from Kim and the other way around. That is a great thing in my eyes.

Kathryn does youtube video trailers which I am all in favor of.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3q9rZryFMo
is just one of them. Check them out!

Katryn has a great blog on Authors Den where she explains her adventures with audio books and back stories for her books. http://www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith  She's worked hard to get her audio books out and I think the read is well worth it!

Enough of me. I am always singing the praises of Kathryn Meyer Griffith. Let's hear what she has to say.

Kathryn Meyer Griffith is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob




 


Forty-Two Years of being a Woman Horror Writer

I’ve been here on Blaze’s blog many times in the last few years and since this is Women in Horror month again, I thought I’d update everyone on what I’m up to these days. As some of you know, I’ve been a writer of horror for over forty-two years, published the last thirty of those with eighteen novels, two novellas and twelve short stories. Some of them are murder mysteries, dark paranormal time-travel, thrillers; but most are horror. Horror with heart, I like to call my spooky tales. I consider myself a horror writer because all my stories have a certain darkness to them, although they also deal with the human conditions of despair, hope, hate and love. And I’ve seen so much change in those years, especially since the advent of the Internet, Amazon and the eBook, that I still can’t believe how far it’s all come or how far I’ve come.
Forty-two years ago, when I was a young mother of just twenty-one, I started sending my books, typed on an electric typewriter with their hardcopy pages stuffed into a copy box and sent snail mail, to what was then the only places I could send them to, traditional publishers like Avon, Dell, Leisure, Kensington, and a mess of others now long gone listed in a fat hardcover book from the library titled Writer’s Market. It sometimes took years to get a book read and accepted, more years to see it edited, published and on the brick-and-mortar bookstore shelves. Then every six months or so (often they were months late) I’d get these weird royalty statements I never could figure out. They’d pay me pennies on each dollar the book earned (imagine, I used to get a measly 4%-7% for the paperbacks in the 1980’s) and take back large amounts I could never understand for what they called returns, whatever they were. In fact, the whole traditional publishing route was not very lucrative for most authors, who weren’t treated very well by them, unless you were a best-seller and made oodles of money for the publisher and then you were treated much better. Or so I’ve been told. I never knew for sure because I wasn’t considered a big writer, though whenever someone read my books, they raved about how good they were; wondered why I wasn’t famous. I just couldn’t get the publicity I needed to make that leap to the big name list. Besides, I was a woman, and look at how few women have ever been mega selling horror writers like Anne Rice. Very few.
So I don’t miss those awful days when the traditional publishers ruled the world at all. I love the Internet and, as I’m starting to do with all my books, self-publishing with Amazon Kindle…where I get a generous 70% of my total book sales and actually get a simple-to-understand readable royalty statement on my laptop every month. Total accountability. It’s heaven. But it’s taken some changes in my outlook and how I write and publish my stories. It’s taken some time to bring my career up to date.
I haven’t actually been working on a new novel most of the last three years because my long term career has been in flux and transition. I had to change with the times. Adapt. I had to take all my old fifteen novels, revise and update them and put them out in the new formats; this I first did between 2010-2012 with the help of my publisher Damnation Books/Eternal Press. It took a lot of work. But by 2012 all my old work was on the Internet for sale for the Nook and the Kindle, in paperback and eBooks everywhere. Then in 2012 I took a huge leap of faith (encouraged as a lot of other writers have been by J.A. Konrath’s great self-publishing blog) and started self-publishing a few new books and a few older books I’d acquired complete rights back to.
I got the audio book rights back to my older novels and through ACX have been putting them and my new novels into audio books for another source of revenue. Through ACX’s website I offered my books one by one to the narrator/producers and then as they recorded them, chapter by chapter I listened and made corrections if they were needed. Twelve are up already for sale at Audible.com, iTunes and Amazon and seven more are in different stages of production. It’s taken a whole year so far.
It’s been a learning process. Doing it all myself. Since I’ve been writing so long, was a graphic designer for many years in the real world so I knew computers, and have learned so much from countless editors, I self-edit and format the books myself. I pay a great cover artist, Dawne Dominique, to do my covers; I put them out there on Kindle KDP and will continue to do so from now on. I’ve learned I can finally make a living at this writing business if I self-publish. It was and is an amazing revelation and I’m so grateful.
Anyhow, I self-published a book, a thriller I called Dinosaur Lake in August of 2012 and the eBook alone has made me an amazing amount of money for the first time in my career. It’s also a 2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *Finalist* in their Suspense/Thriller category; they’ll announce a winner on March 15, 2014 at the big Texas EPIC convention. I consider Dinosaur Lake really more a SF/Horror but, hey, their Suspense/Thriller slot was the best fit I could find and that’s where I put it.
So where does this leave me now – an older horror writer with a lot of years behind her and not that many ahead? I’m entering a new era of my writing career and I’m thrilled. In a few short months I’ll finally have all my nineteen audio books completed and I’ll be free to write more horror books. At last. I’ve already jumped the gun, sort of, and began the sequel to Dinosaur LakeDinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising and I just self-published my revised sequel to my murder mystery Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away (take a look at that stunning new cover by Dawne!). Then after that I plan on finishing (I wrote half of it eight years ago but set it aside) the long awaited sequel to my 1994 Witches. Then I plan on writing the sequel to my end-of days horror novel A Time of Demons…then more horror novels and stories.
I just hope I have enough time to write them all. Say a little prayer for me that I do.
Written by horror author Kathryn Meyer Griffith, this 3rd day of February 2014 for Women in Horror Month. 


 
About Kathryn Meyer Griffith...
Since childhood I’ve always been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-two years ago now, and have had eighteen (ten romantic horror, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance and three murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press and Amazon Kindle Direct.
I’ve been married to Russell for over thirty-five years; have a son, James, and two grandchildren, Joshua and Caitlyn, and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois called Columbia, which is right across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Mo. We have three quirky cats, ghost cat Sasha, live cats Cleo and Sasha (Too), and the five of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I’ve been an artist, and a folk singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I’ll probably write stories until the day I die…or until my memory goes.
2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* for her Horror novel The Last Vampire-Revised Author’s Edition
2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* for her Suspense/Thriller novel Dinosaur Lake

*All Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s books can be found here:
*All her Audible.com audio books here:

Novels and short stories from Kathryn Meyer Griffith:
Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forge, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire, Witches, The Nameless One (short story), The Calling, Egyptian Heart, Winter’s Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don’t Look Back, Agnes novella & bonus short story, A Time of Demons, The Woman in Crimson, The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Vol. 1 (Introduction), 4 Spooky Short Stories, Telling Tales of Terror Chapter on Putting the Occult into your Fiction), Dinosaur Lake, Human No Longer, Scraps of Paper–Revised Author’s Edition, All Things Slip Away.

My Websites:
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This is Kathryn's best selling book. It is great!


   

Book Description

August 29, 2012

Blurb:
An ancient predator has been reborn in the caves beneath Crater Lake
...and it's hungry.


DINOSAUR LAKE:
Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it's been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he's about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin...people begin to go missing...then there's some mysterious water creature that's taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it's not only growing in size, it's aggressive and cunning...and very hungry.
And it's decided it likes human beings. To eat.
And it can come up onto land.
So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it...before it can kill again. ***
Kathryn is obviously happy with the sales from this book(read below). Bear in mind that this is a self-published book! 
Blaze

    "My 16th novel, DINOSAUR LAKE....is selling

    like hotcakes, more every month and it's only been out five,

    and the great reviews (a lot of 4 and 5 stars) are rolling

    in. 22 right now on Amazon Kindle. After so many years of

    being ignored as a woman horror/mystery writer - as a

    writer- I am amazed and excited to finally be noticed. I am

    humbled. happy." Kathryn Meyer Griffith


This is the book that started me reading Kathryn's tales. The best end days book ever!

Blaze

Book Description

October 1, 2010
Author's new revised edition. The earthquakes with their falling ash, the global floods and the devastating fires arrive first. Then the worldwide plague with its stench of death. And as mankind suffers and dies out, vampires, their numbers dwindling, struggle and fight fiercely among themselves to survive in a world where there aren't enough humans to prey and feed upon. As the weeks go by they become fewer, more desperate and more ruthless. Emma, as the world disintegrates around her, finds herself alone, family all have perished...and fending off an unnatural hunger as she becomes one of the undead. Fighting her unwanted destiny she's determined to resist the bloodlust she feels, the need to kill and feed on humans, of losing her humanity, for as long as she can bear it...but she's so hungry...and the night calls.





Great cover art!

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The Complete Guide to Writing the Paranormal Novel by Lori, Rae, Ackley-McPhail, Danielle, Baldwin, Barbara and Biondine, Shannah (Oct 2, 2011)

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2 comments:

  1. As always THANK YOU Blaze! You always make me feel better as a writer than I am. Warmly, author Kathryn Meyer Griffith rdgriff@htc.net

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    1. You are most welcome, Kathryn. Whenever I do a book review for you, a shout out, or my Woman In Horror posts, I always worry about the fact I might not have given you enough praise. You are an awesome author and an even greater human being.

      Blaze

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