Monday, July 7, 2014


This is a different sort of post from my keyboard today. Jo-Anne Russell, a friend of mine, and an author I admire greatly, asked me if I would be willing to become a part of the My Writing Process Blog Tour.  Since she is one of my Women In Horror, I, of course, said yes. You can go to her website

Jo-Anne Russell and read the great post she put up last week. 

I have four questions I am supposed to answer and, since I am never at a loss for words, that is easy-peasy. I hope you find my answers to be interesting.

1. What am I working on?

My answer here will not be short. I have hundreds of short stories I wish to finally get published under my Blaze McRob brand. I toiled for quite a while as a ghostwriter, writing tales for other authors. No more. They can write for themselves now. My first short story, Snow Of Blood, will be released this week. This is one of my more gruesome tales. I wanted to start off with a good kick. It will get some tongues wagging. I will also be publishing a steady stream of shorts, short collections of short stories, and large collections of short stories. Included will be a number of rather Dark poems. I have developed a reputation for being able to bandy about some gritty poems, and I do not intend to stop.

Everything above is a buildup for my favorite type of horror writing: novels. I have 47 of them written and gathering dust. No more. I am doing my final edits on these before sending them off to my editors. Quinn Cullen and Becca Boucher will be kept busy with my work, as well as other editors down the line.

I have been told by people not to put too much up to be published all at once. Well, I've waited too long as it is, so being the different sort of author that I am, I'm doing what I want to do. '68 Buick, a Grim Reaper novel, will be published the end of September, early October; Mists Of Papoose Pond, a general bad-ass action, horror, end days novel, will be published the end of November; Ghost No More, a different sort of end days novel where Autistic children, AKA The Chosen Ones, are the heroes, will come out in March, and all the money will be donated to children's Autism Research; Quarter Moon Haunts, a novel of ghosts, Native American lore, old Dutch legends, and much more, will be published in May. I have sequels written for all four of these novels. Of course, as I ready these, I am writing others. The nature of the beast.

These are my short-term goals.  

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My work differs from that of most other authors in my genre because of my styling. I love writing in first person, present tense. Yes, I will get the occasional response from a reader or reviewer saying they don't like reading books in that person or tense. Doesn't bother me in the least. There are plenty of other authors' books they can read. I enjoy writing as I do, and I'm not about to stop. 

To me, nothing is a sacred cow not to be written about. I will write pro-religion as well as anti-religion stories. I write stories based on the contents of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Book of Enoch. I tell stories of Dark and Light Angels. I have a past life novel in the works about a Viking Warrior killed by Charlemagne who gets revenge in a most interesting way. Then there is my story where I lop off the heads of all the Cardinals and the Pope. Not the present Pope. I actually like him.

I have a series going on about Club Blaze, a less than stellar establishment where one does not go to find the upper crust. Zack Kullis, a great friend of mine, is my sparring partner in these. 

Some of my works involve dying but hanging around, refusing to go into the light because . . . because I'm not finished here yet. Okay, so some say I will go the other direction. I prefer not to listen to them. Truth be told, Heaven would bore the crap out of me.

I am a huge environmentalist. Obviously, this works its way into my stories. I'm not one of these people running around trying to fight everything at once. I put the stuff into my stories. Some folks don't get my point but enjoy the tales. Others think about what I have written. They enjoy the story and my line of thought. The conglomerates will not like me. Monsanto, Big Oil, Dirty Coal, and the Agent Orange boys at Dow will hate my guts. Too bad. Horror is horror, and real life horror is the worst kind. 

So, as you can see, I write about many things, from all sides of the fence.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write horror because it is the truth. There is much more evil in this world than good. Look around you. You can't miss it. I will never write a Chicken Soup type of book. In the Dark lurk things that are heinous. Open the Bible, and you will be treated to many stories of evil. It's not just Satan's buddies dishing it out either. Both sides appear to have faults. Agree with me or not, that's my take on it. Even my novel Ghost No More, which is pro God, has many moments where the protagonist finds it difficult to deal with what he feels to be inconsistencies within what is, versus what should be. 

Writing horror is also a way of removing the bad from your soul and putting it down on paper. Why not leave the good things inside your soul? Get rid of the bad. Unfortunately, I have a long ways to go before that task is done. But it's a start. I wonder how many authors derive the pleasure I do for becoming a hero on paper by attacking evil. 

Besides the gore type of horror, and yes I do write some of that, there is psychological horror. This is the worse kind. This is the stuff of mass murderers, the people who do the evil things to children that happen every day: gunning them down in schools or using them for their deranged version of sex. It includes the Hitlers, Stalins, and others of that ilk. The list is long. And, my friends, I honestly do not see where the Psychiatric field is really doing much to stem the tide. My first wife was a manic depressive lady and I believe was harmed more from the system than she got out of it. Again. My opinion. You are all entitled to your own. So yes. I write about this as well. My way of saying, "Excuse me, does anyone want to change things for the better with mental health?"

4. How does my writing process work?

My writing process is simplicity to the max. An image, a sentence, or even one word, attaches itself to my mind and takes root. Bingo! Novel on the way. People, entities, and more roll themselves out before me. My story people tell me what to write and I do as they say. I am merely the wielder of the pen. One image forms on top of another, further showing me the path I wish to take.

Flow and story are my focus and the key to all my stories. I never go back and change anything in the first draft until I have finished it. Then I cut, add, sharpen, and hone my story.

Never do I use beta readers. I wouldn't listen to them anyway. My stories are mine, not theirs. When I am finished with what I can do to the best of my ability, my editors get it.

I don't outline anything. I feel it eats into flow and stifles creativity. In essence, my first draft becomes my outline for my second draft. 

My preferred time to write is at the end of the day. I love the quiet. I want to be alone when I write. Literally, I write until I am too tired to continue. Yes, I have an advantage in that I am retired from real world money making concerns. I do what I want to do when I want to do it. Health problems dig into things at times, but I always bounce back and resume where I left off.

Now, the next item is true for me. Probably not for other authors. When I am really pissed off about something, having a bad health day, or generally worked up about any number of other things, those are the nights when I write the best. My darkest horror flows onto paper or springs from my keyboard. I write with zeal and vent all my frustrations. 

Another thing I refuse to accept is the fact that writer's block can occur. What? If you are a writer, just write. You can't think of a story? You have to be kidding me. Even if it's crap, write something down. Polish it later. Your novel hits a dead end. Simple. Write a short story and get back to the novel. That is my philosophy. You don't have to be perfect from step one. 

Well, that's my story. Blaze McRob and his opinionated musings. On July 14th, enjoy what some great authors have to say.

1.  Becca Boucher

Rebecca Boucher was born and raised in Worcester Massachusetts. Her father instilled an early love of reading and encouraged her when she started to write. Rebecca earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Quinsigamond Community College, but her love has always been writing. After the birth of her first child, she moved to a quiet little town on the edge of Worcester County, in the heart of Central Massachusetts. Living there has inspired her to write most of her current projects. In fact, local readers might recognize some of her locations. 
Currently, Rebecca is a freelance writer and blogger. Her first novel Hunting The Moon (The Moon Series) debuted December 2013 from Write More Publications. The sequel, Midnight Raven, is in the works with Visionary Press Collaborative.
When she is not writing, Rebecca is the mother to two boys, ages 11 and 13. Her youngest son was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. Rebecca hopes to write future stories to bring awareness and fundraising to the cause.

2. Joann H. Buchanan

Joann H. Buchanan is the owner of Empire Voices, an audio production company that is taking the audio book world by storm. Do you want your book to sound like a movie, contact Empire Voices and find out what it takes to make that dream a reality.
When Joann isn't writing, she is raising her beautiful children and playing with her dogs, Molly and Mocha.

3. T.K. Millin!about-us/c1ft3

T.K. Millin lives on the West Coast of Florida known as, The Nature Coast, along with her husband, their feline family members; one of which is the infamous black sagacious feline, Efi Loo, The Cat Vamp!, and their newest edition, Bogart, a.k.a., Bogie Bear, a four-pound Chi-Poo who is nothing short of a four pound bundle of super-energy.
T.K. Millin's publications include: Shells For Hunter-Bedtime Stories on the Go! and Fiction in a Flash! Six Tales of Terror; both published by Efi Loo Publishing, Inc., and available exclusively at Amazon. Mr. Jingle, the tale of a doll who harbors an ancient gypsy curse, is featured in the anthology; Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls, published by Angelic Knight Press, and available at Amazon and Smashwords. She is the editor of, What Did You Just Say? True Quotes From Real Insurance Adjusters, published by Efi Loo Publishing, Inc., and available at Amazon.
In addition to writing, T.K. Millin is the President, and Editor-in-Chief, at Efi Loo Publishing, Inc. She is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
When not writing, T.K. Millin can be found perusing real-life stories to turn into fictional ones, gardening, rescuing and finding a forever home for the occasional stray that wanders into her garden and, well, writing. Efi Loo? Let's just say, keep the tuna handy and watch your fingers, because cat vamp's love to bite!

Blaze McRob

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