Wednesday, March 26, 2014


L. D. Ricard is my Woman In Horror today! Laurie has taken her Amazon Author page down for a reason. She is republishing her great novel Rowan's End(Legends And Lies) with Visionary Press Collaborative. Then, VPC will also be publishing Rowan's End 2 and a vampairy tale. So even though it doesn't appear as if she has a lot to offer, believe me: she does. I should know since I'm doing the edits for her. Rowan's End jumps out at you with horror. Be prepared to be carried away with a tale of spell-binding majesty.

I wish to give credit where credit is due. The interview with Laurie below was done between her and my good friend Fiona McVie last summer
Fiona has done hundreds of interviews for many authors. She has done a monumental job of bringing some great authors to the public eye. Read the posts on her website for other great interviews. The Blazing guy is even there.

Name Laurie Ricard, though I write as L.D. Ricard
 Age 40ish
 Where are you from?
 Originally Pennsylvania but I Live in Florida now 
 A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
 I have a Son and Daughter. My Daughter lives in Pennsylvania. My Son lives across the road. I live with my hubby and our bed hogging dog Wicca
 Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have two short stories coming out in February in an Antho called Dark Light 2. I have one short in the first Dark Light and another in an Antho called Ghostly Reflections which I did the cover for as well. 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing last year just to see if I could. I read all the time, so  I figured why not? Now I’m hooked.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my first story was published and I actually got to hold the book in my hands. It was a rush!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Doing the cover for Ghostly Reflections. The book is based on true ghost stories and I had several to submit.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m too new to really have a certain style yet, but everyone that's read my work says it flows and is easy to follow.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Again the cover. I was messing with cover ideas and the name Rowans End popped in my head and stayed
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I guess to not always doubt what seems to be unbelievable.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
 Maybe about 25%. The rest is from my on warped imagination. 
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not in this one…I’d be in jail!
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
That’s a hard one. I read everything I get my hands on. I guess anything by Roberts, Koontz, King and Saul
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Nora Roberts. It’s fun going back to her first books and what how she grows over the years.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Criminal by Karin Slaughter
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
David Rosenfelt. He’s not really new, but I’ve just stumbled over him.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Getting Rowans End done and another short for Halloween
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
This easy Facebook! My friends there really encourage me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’m hoping it turns out that way.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not so far. We’ll see in the final edit. Lol
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My friends kept urging me to try and I thought why not. Turns out I can write.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It’s about a widow and her daughter who find out they’ve been living a lie after her husband dies.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Keeping everyone straight. It sounds crazy, but a lot of times I have to go back and remind myself what they said or did.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Again Nora Roberts. She has so much versatility in her work. Whether writing under her name or under J.D. Robb 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet thankfully. I hate to fly!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
So far me. Except for Dark Light that was done by Para Graphic Designs
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I’m only half way through so far, so at this point all of it! Lol
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
You can do anything you set your mind to no matter your age!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up.  No matter how stuck you get keep trying and always have a pen and paper close by. You never know when inspiration will strike. 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I just hope you enjoy a good (I hope) thriller
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
Back to doing covers and training dogs
Fiona: Do you have a website/blog if so what is it?
Not yet but hope to soon.

As I said, these two ladies did a great job!


Author at Visionary Press Collaborative Working on book 2 in the Rowan's End set then on to finishing A Vampairy Tale
 Drum roll! Rowan's End and myself have moved to Visionary Press Collaborative! Look for big things in our future! Go Blaze McRob!
I really love when I have an insider's edge to some great stories coming out before anyone else does. Well, except the author, of course. Look for Rowan's End(Legends And Lies). I give you my word that it is a great book!
L. D. Ricard is a Woman In Horror!
Blaze McRob

Book Description

June 29, 2013
Dark Light 3, edited by Sarah Jayne Carr, is the follow up to Amazon's #1 Bestselling Anthology, Dark Light.

DARK LIGHT 3 explores the darker side of our world, the things no one wants to speak about or admit. The stories in this anthology will make you think, make you shiver, intrigue and entertain you. Please step into our world of the darker side where little light shines through. Are you ready?

Stories included are:
Harby’s Last Stand—Christian A. Larsen
From Out of the Night—L.D. Ricard
Possessing Bailey—Jenna Pizzi
Tossed and Found—K.E. Robiscoe
Trapdoor—William Rasmussen
The Hognissaga—Avalon Brantley
The Squat—Dene Bebbington
I Come To Teach—A.A. Garrison
Fallen Angel—Zoe Adams
The Incident Of Pokrov—Erica Sim
The Black Womb—Michael McGlasson
The Devil Within—Justin Zipprich
Cheating Death—S.J. McMillan
Inner Storm—Jay R. Thurston
The Machine—Linna Drehmel
Dead By Dawn—KR Jordan
The Hamlet Of Maysouth—Ryder Ataxia
Switch—Fred Waiss
Enteric—W.B. Stickel
Miriam—Shaun Meeks
Dante’s Circle—Ericka Kahler
The Monk—JT Lewis
13—K.R. Helms
Hob Gob—Jonathan D. Nichols
Neighbors From Hell—J.R. Roper
Evander Holbrook—Greg Quinion
Siren Song—Anna Yeatts

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! August 4, 2013
By Mame
Format:Kindle Edition
Great collection!! I really enjoyed reading it. It's a very diverse anthology-- everything from very very short to practically a novella, light and creepy to very scary! Perfect to read a bit at a time in your spare time. I really liked the Russian one!

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