Thursday, April 27, 2017

NICOLE STOREY - WOMAN IN HORROR




http://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Storey/e/B005J8CKPG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

http://www.nicolestoreyauthor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/nicolestoreyfans

http://www.teleread.com/an-interview-with-childrens-author-nicole-storey/

Nicole Storey is my Woman In Horror today! Nicole has a way with YA/fantasy/paranormal tales. Not only that, but her books in her Grimsley Hollow series are dedicated to all children with disabilities.

From Goodreads:

"The series is about Gage Gilbert, an eleven-year-old boy who has Autism, loves Halloween, and has no friends. Although he has always been happy with the safety and security of his family, he longs for a real friend and adventure - not just the ones he makes up in his head. Then, he meets Eve. Eve is a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It's where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their world is in trouble. Gage is the only one who can help save them from an evil witch who has taken control. With Eve's help (along with a sarcastic pixy, a trouble-making werewolf, and a half-vampire), Gage travels to Grimsley Hollow. Together, they begin a journey that will change them all. It's a dangerous race against evil, where creatures unheard of stalk the land under a harvest moon and monsters that only exist in dreams become real. Gage wanted friends and adventure, but he had no idea they would come at such a dangerous price. Can one autistic boy defeat an evil witch and help save his new friends? Travel to Grimsley Hollow and find out!"
 
From Nicole:
"On a more personal note, I’d like to introduce my Grimsley Hollow series to those who are not aware. These award-winning, bestselling books give #specialneeds children a hero of their own to cheer for. Middle-grade (#MG) #Fantasy with a touch of #Halloween, this series is suitable for kids ages 10 and up.
Special needs children only want to have friends and to be accepted for who they are. Together, we can make this happen."
I really love this! As a father and grandfather with children who are Autistic, I have to honor Nicole for what she is doing. Bravo, my friend! 

Amazon bio:
Nicole Storey is the author of the Grimsley Hollow series - a middle-grade fantasy with a touch of paranormal and a lot of Halloween - and the award-winning Celadon Circle, a YA series inspired by the show, "Supernatural." She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets. When she isn't fighting demons or traveling to distant lands with potty-mouthed pixies, she enjoys reading, blogging, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.


Nicole would love to hear from you! Connect with her on social media here:

Website/Blog: http://www.nicolestoreyauthor.com/


Here are Nicole's great books on Amazon:









https://www.amazon.com/Eve-Beginning-Grimsley-Hollow-Book-ebook/dp/B00QU8BWLC/ref=la_B005J8CKPG_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493335198&sr=1-1





https://www.amazon.com/Blind-Sight-Celadon-Circle-Book-ebook/dp/B00GG52WRW/ref=la_B005J8CKPG_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493335198&sr=1-5


All of these books are great, my friends. The first on the list here, The Chosen One, has 64 reviews on Amazon, all of them 5Star reviews. That says a lot.

There is no doubt that Nicole Storey is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WANDA S. PARYLA - WOMAN IN HORROR






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http://wandasparyla.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Wanda-S.-Paryla/e/B00B2FV8N0/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_2

Wanda S. Paryla is my Woman In Horror today! I have a signed copy of her great novel Someday Always Comes. This is 531 pages of pure majestic story-telling. For me, the back cover copy explains the story best:

"In a comprehensive narrative of courage, passion and forever friendship, sixteen year-old Tessa Price, an orphan with a broken heart, little trust and eyes on the future has one really big wish. That someday she could get out of the lives of her Aunt Kiki and Kiki's abusive husband, Dino, or just die.

The difficult-to-impress Tessa spends her days theoretically saving everyone. She is a heroine of an unlikely kind who denies her pain and regret by getting wrapped up in the troubles of others to forget her own.

With rock-star sized aspirations, Tessa seizes one moment in time and rolls the dice, taking her teenage friends on a life-changing journey, crashing and burning into someday. That road is wrought with grief and catastrophe and Tessa struggles to keep things together, while denying herself true love and ignoring her limitations until it's too late.

As she watches her friends spiral to rock bottom, Tessa blames herself for their fall from grace. When the death of a loved one sends her reeling into substance abuse, Tessa, everyone's champ, falls to her knees and becomes everything she hates. Even the life growing inside her seems unable to deter her from a path of self destruction.

Can Tessa rise, once again, from the ashes? Moreover, will her champion wait for her with a genuine love forever? "

When I bought this book, Wanda was giving our troops a % of the sales. A very noble gesture. Since then, she is also sending copies of her book to our Armed Forces through Armand Rosamilia's drive to give our troops stationed overseas some great books to read - Authors Supporting Our Troops. So we certainly know where her heart and soul lie.

 “I believe nightmares come from a part of us that we’re afraid to face and/or conquer. I am a very conflicted person with a past of burnt bridges and terrible mistakes. Oftentimes, I have shockingly frightening and confusing dreams. When I have recurring ones, I try to release them through poetry or other storytelling. Revisiting bad dreams and describing and sharing them helps me to "call out" the horrors from my head - and from my life, so that they don’t consume me.” Wanda S. Paryla

Wanda is like me in the fact she takes bits and pieces from people she has met along this path we call life and incorporates them into her stories. What a way to accept the gratuities passed to us, good and bad. Also, I think we could be twins. She is writing even when away from her keyboard. Awake or asleep, this young ladies mind is abuzz with ze tales.


Wanda was kind enough to send me quite a written journey through and about her life, and I would be quite evil if I changed her words. I feel honored that she chose to send me personal glimpses of her life to pass on to everyone

Up close and personal, here is Wanda S. Paryla, a lady who writes of real life horror:

"Official Bio:

Wanda S. Paryla was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Central Texas. At sixteen she returned to Chicago where she lived for several years before opting to go to college in Texas where she received a BA in sociology from Baylor University. With a life split between two states, and two very different worlds, Wanda’s life experiences transmit through her writing. Along life’s path, she’s met some very colorful people who made various lasting impressions upon her which she relates through her work.

More personal about me:

Disturbing real-life situations as well as my dreams and nightmares are the main focuses of my poetry. Poetry is my way of stating my opinions, staring down fear and pain, and reliving happiness and joy. Moreover, it’s a way for me to release my demons and old ghosts, or call forth new joys. I have to say though, I don’t know why, but it’s easier for me to write about my nightmares than it is to write about love or happy times. I also write poetry about my spiritual trials. It helps me to more easily say to the universe or to the gods what I really feel.

Many characters in my stories were created out of bits and pieces of me or the people who’ve surrounded me my whole, or lively folks that have come and gone. I have been in the presence of people who have made me feel light hearted or calm, then I’ve faced people whose icy glares made me feel like running for the hills. Nonetheless, they all give me writing material.

Truthfully, and strangely, I am always writing even when I am without keyboard or smart phone. I am creating when I do not have pen and notebook or napkin at hand. I create awake or asleep. I can create scenes and do five other things at the same time. I live and breathe writing and creating and I hate it when I think of something and have no way to make a note, then forget the details. I always fancy that even during my last breath my thought will be, “Damn, I knew I should’ve written that down!”

I currently reside near Chicago where I prefer to write in the mornings or late evenings when the energies of the city and my household are more at rest. You shouldn’t be shocked to find me up and pecking on my keyboard, or with a notebook in my hand, at 2am. However, my living circumstances have also taught me to be disciplined enough that if I need to, I can create while my whole household’s in an uproar with cat meowing, phones ringing, neighbors knocking and the kitchen witch a-cooking. If I didn’t conform to this household's business, I’d never write at all.

Published works:

Haunting Memories, a poem published in Vicious Spirits anthology, 2010.
Someday Always Comes, published 2013.

Haunting Memories is an excellent example of a poem written based on a recurring dream about a real place. It’s a story about a woman who will not let the memories of her childhood home rest because she longs for those days of freedom and little concern; where everything was right in the world. Just when she’s about to forget and the house starts to rest, she reawakens the house’s memories, never allowing them to rest permanently. She haunts the house’s memories, not the other way around. I dream about this house on a regular basis and it, or what happens there in my dreams, often end up the subject of a poem.

In Someday Always Comes, the narrator, Tessa Price, is a lot like me character wise. However, she faces her demons on a daily basis. Her torment is both mental and physical and she struggles to deal with this but her youth doesn’t allow her enough knowledge to overcome her obstacles. Despite the differences of our situations, Tessa and I both learn about lessons from life circumstances and like to share them.

Someday Always Comes is about the power of true friendship and love and how those things can help us endure the worst of times. We take the journey with Tessa and her teenage friends as they experience betrayal, loss, tests of honor, and joy and forgiveness. We watch them both fail and blossom as they realize that life isn't always greener on the other side of the fence.

We follow the characters through the pain of loss, abuse, betrayal, then through redemption, love and forgiveness. The one thing that stands out, no matter what, the three main characters cling together, support one another, even when they often despise each other’s ways. When you love someone, sometimes you just have to forgive them. Tessa Price learns to give the forgiveness she always received from others.

Wanda and her longtime feline friend, Ganymede, reside in the Chicago area.
Description
Published works:
Haunting Memories (a poem published in the Vicious Spirits anthology by Key Publications, 2010, out of print.)
Someday Always Comes (novel)
Available in paperback at my Create Space store:
https://www.createspace.com/3951154
and on Amazon in paperback and e-book
Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Someday-Always-Comes-Wanda-Paryla/dp/1478329963/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357926426&sr=1-1&keywords=someday+always+comes

Wanda's works in progress are:
-Angel Maker (Crime/police procedural/mystery/suspense) - 1st book in The Sheriffs of Robertson County series

-Cop Lover (Crime/mystery/thriller) - 2nd book in The Sheriffs of Robertson County series


And planning is underway for:
-The Devil Plays Dice (sequel to Someday Always Comes)

-The Cats & Us Mysteries (paranormal/supernatural mystery)
Favorite Books
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; Anne Rice's Vampire
Chronicles collection; Light on Snow by Anita Shreve to name a few. I enjoy reading Yasmine Galenorn, Madelyn Alt, Debbie Macomber, among others.

I love various poets - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, E.A. Poe, Mark Strand, Maya Angelou to name just a few.

My favorite time of the year is Fall. I love October, November and December. I love hot cocoa and peppermint sticks. I enjoy the changing of the seasons and the crackle and smell of the fireplace roaring. I love things that are mysterious and magical. Halloween is my favorite day, and it's my birthday, which makes it doubly enjoyable. I'm fascinated by history, mythology and religion. I'm an animal lover and I enjoy animals of all kinds - dogs, cats, horses and even tigers.

When I'm not working, or writing, I love to read. I read in many genres but am most intrigued by the occult, and things metaphysical. I enjoy ghost and vampire tales, a good love story but I love mystery too. I enjoy reading books that are period pieces...historical-based fiction.
Writing fiction and poetry; great music; great movies. I love animals of all sorts. I think there's nothing more relaxing than evening walks under the stars, or nature walks, and sounds of babbling brooks or flowing creeks.

Personal Interests:

Writing fiction and poetry; great music; great movies. I love animals of all sorts. I think there's nothing more relaxing than evening walks under the stars, or nature walks, and sounds of babbling brooks or flowing creeks."


http://www.amazon.com/Someday-Always-Comes-Wanda-Paryla-ebook/dp/B00B0HMZS2/ref=la_B00B2FV8N0_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456113769&sr=1-1

Someday Always Comes is a unique blend of coming of age/being a teen/YA/social and family issues, and, of course, the thread of real-life horror running through it. I enjoyed the novel immensely!

Book description:

 In a comprehensive narrative of courage, passion and forever friendship, sixteen year-old Tessa Price, an orphan with a broken heart, little trust and eyes on the future has one really big wish. That someday she could get out of the lives of her Aunt Kiki and Kiki’s abusive husband, Dino, or just die.

The difficult-to-impress Tessa spends her days theoretically saving everyone. She is a heroine of an unlikely kind who denies her pain and regret by getting wrapped up in the troubles of others to forget her own.

With rock-star sized aspirations, Tessa seizes one moment in time and rolls the dice, taking her teenage friends on a life-changing journey, crashing and burning into someday. That road is wrought with grief and catastrophe and Tessa struggles to keep things together, while denying herself true love and ignoring her limitations until it’s too late.

As she watches her friends spiral to rock bottom, Tessa blames herself for their fall from grace. When the death of a loved one sends her reeling into substance abuse, Tessa, everyone’s champ, falls to her knees and becomes everything she hates. Even the life growing inside her seems unable to deter her from a path of self destruction.

Can Tessa rise, once again, from the ashes? Moreover, will her champion wait for her with a genuine love forever?

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I wrote the first draft of Someday Always Comes ten years ago. After writing it, I let it fall into my very own slush pile. I'd pull it out every couple years, dust it off and work on this scene or that, brush up grammar, etc. Then put it away again with a deep sigh, hoping that someday I'd be able to give it to the public but life got too busy for me to dedicate the time. But over the years, the people in the book nagged at me. During the decade, they became real to me and I finally realized I had to let them live. It was their destinies. I fell in love with its characters - Tessa, Brianna, Sweet, Kyle, Jaime and J.K. are my children. I found myself wanting to save them all at every turn. I knew that someday would come, and indeed it has. 
By Grandma2 on February 14, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I would like to say first off, that the version of the book I read does have editing or grammatical errors. A time or two it stopped the flow, but I've alerted the author and she assured me the book is being re-edited. I did not base my review upon any errors or missing words from the text, only on the story, etc.

This read is a very moving experience. It takes a reader from hate, to love, from resentment to forgiveness time and time again. My favorite is the bit of humor the narrator inserts, one-liners and such. The story follow teens from rags to riches, giving us a glimse of the private teen world where kids try to solve adult issues themselves instead of asking aid from adults or the authorities. We forget as we age that we all lived in such a private world at one time, to some extent. Tessa's turbulant young life makes me want to hug her. I detest child abusers.

The book isn't too long, and I think some story between Tessa & Jaime has been left out. Maybe the author could've made 2 books.

The book is written in the first person. I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 only for that purpose. I would've loved to see the viewpoints of the different characters instead of just Tessa's. But truly, the story is hers alone to tell. In the last chapter & at the end I think the author indicates a possible sequel. I'll be watching for it. Until then, my best advice to a potential reader is to get your tissues ready, you'll need them. (Or maybe I'm just mushy.)

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Although the book could use some editing, it wasn't too bad. When I first started reading the book, I almost gave up on it, thinking it was one of those shallow YA books. But, although it moved slow in places, the book, as a whole, was anything but shallow. It was a very moving experience to read. It made me laugh and cry. We could all learn something about character development from this author and I expect to see more of her writing in the future. I have always enjoyed books written in the first person and I also loved the way the author talked to the reader at times. It was something that made this book special. The book dealt with a lot of serious issues, child abuse, addiction, rape, and what happens when children are forced to grow up too fast and when fame and fortune comes too fast. Bravo, Wanda. 

on August 2, 2013
Although not normally the type of novel I read, availability of a free promotional copy persuaded me to take a look. Having a relatively short attention span, the length of the novel (500+ pages) caused me a little trepidation, but I persevered. I am glad I did. The novel is very well written, first person POV from a sixteen year old girl trying to hit the big time as a rock star. Her background and story seemed very real, and I found myself totally engrossed and at times, quite emotional. Some of the situations I found difficult to comprehend, not being female or American, but I have no hesitation in awarding 5 stars for an excellent story.

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Keep your eyes peeled for more great books coming from Wanda.

Wanda S. Paryla is a Woman In Horror! 

Blaze McRob


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SUZI ALBRACHT - WOMAN IN HORROR




Suzi Albracht is my Woman in Horror today! Suzi and I did a lengthy Q&A interview that I'm sure you will enjoy. She is a most fascinating lady. Without further adieu, here is Suzi:



Hello, Suzi Albracht. It’s nice to have you here. Before we get started with our interview could you tell us a little bit about yourself, please?

I always feel a little naked when asked to talk about myself. So let me put something on first. Ahhhh, that’s better. Well, I live near Annapolis, Maryland in a town called Bowie. That places me halfway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD.  My books take place in these metro areas so anyone who lives here will recognize some of the locations.
I spent most of my youth dividing my time between Moline, Illinois and Phoenix, Arizona. In my early twenties, I married a man who became a Secret Service Agent. We eventually moved to New Jersey and then on to Maryland. We divorced (thank you, God) and later, I met my true love, Tim. We’ve been together twelve years. Life is good and I am happy.
I’ve had many interesting things happen to me along my life’s path. The first President Bush gave me a shoulder/back rub when I was visiting the compound in Maine one hot August. I went to church with Princess Diana once (she was stunning, Charles was a lot shorter than I thought he would be). My original seat was the pew right behind her, but her people moved me two rows back for some VIPs. I’ve been to Las Vegas to play pool in the APA Championship. My team did a great job, and I beat a couple of much higher ranked players, but we came up short. I won’t share all of my adventures. Where would the mystery be if I expose all?

I am a TV addict. I love The Walking Dead, ZNation, The Blacklist, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, Ray Donavon, House of Cards, the ID channel, Ghost Adventurers, The Catch, The Son, Chicago Justice, Elementary, Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom… I could go on, but you can see I have particular tastes. My two latest addictions are Bosch and Sneaky Pete, both on the Amazon stick. Bosch is exceptionally good. I tape a lot of shows and then watch late at night so I can zip through the commercials. They give me a good cool down from writing.
I don’t discuss religion or politics online. I have firm beliefs, but I am smart enough to know that it is better to not to go there online. There are far too many confrontational people who will just waste my time and drive me crazy if I whisper the wrong word.
I would consider myself to be a fair and giving person who loves hard. I am nice, but if you do me wrong, I will never forget. I may forgive, just to get past it, but you will never get close to me again. I am loyal to a fault. I’m into shoes and purses, they have their own room here.
And now I am naked again.



Thank you. On to our questions and answers.

Q. You say that your Twitter bio pretty much sums up you and your writing. Could you tell us what your bio says and why this explains the real Suzi?

A. Ha! Here’s my profile – “Write, scare myself, turn on all lights, write more. Play pool, kick butt/get butt kicked, write more horror, double lock door. Horror Author. ASMSG Member.”

I love horror, and I love writing it. Not the blood spurting all over the pages kind of horror but more of a psychological horror that seems like it could happen to you, me or anyone we know. So my characters are everyday people, they work in libraries, politics, the car industry, law enforcement, accounting and so on. Most of them are just trying to pay their bills and enjoy their loved ones. Kinda like us, right? I think that is why I like my own writing so much. I want to know the little things about characters. I want to know if they chew bubblegum when they are nervous or if they won’t date a red head because their red headed father deserted them. I demand they tell their dirty little secrets and then some. Their vulnerabilities are what makes the horror that’s coming so scary.

And I’m a pool player. I play on 4 teams, both 8-ball and 9-ball. So I spend a lot of time on that. And I kick ass when I can. If I play someone who is sandbagging (cheating), I make it as hard as I can for them. Sometimes, I get my butt kicked, but it is not because I went down easy.

I’m either writing or playing pool most day.

Every now and then, I’ll write a scene so scary that I’ll wake up at night, in the middle of one of my scenes, terrified that I’ll get caught. And then I wake up, feeling a little foolish. I find that the more I write, the more creatively scary my dreams become.

I guess you could say that my profile describes the two biggest motivating factors in my life outside of my boyfriend. I spend more time on the two of them every single day.



Q. Your The Devil’s Due series is fantastic! Where did you get the idea for this series, and could you name the books, as well as a bit about what each one is about?

A. Thanks. Actually, the first book was going to be called The Devil’s Due. My story then was a little different but a movie came out with the same name, and I felt that I didn’t want to be like anyone else, so I started a new book – The Devil’s Lieutenant – and made it the first book in The Devil’s Due Collection. The change in direction actually worked better for me because more ideas for additional books in the collection came to me like shooting stars. Today, I have published three books in the collection – Death Most Wicked, The Devil’s Lieutenant, and Scorn Kills. Death is now book 1, The Devil is book 2, and Scorn is companion side book 1. Coming soon is The Making of a Soul Collector. It will be companion side book 2. Don’t worry, I’ll end up scavenging my original book to include pieces as I need them, nothing I ever write goes to waste it just ends up in a different form.

I just wrote new blurbs for my books. Like them?

Death Most Wicked
Death… when it darkens a door, those inside are never prepared to face the end. At those times, when someone is taken for no other reason than to quench another’s hunger, it becomes a sordid event to be feared. And when the Devil is involved, it is indeed, a Death Most Wicked.

This is the supernatural horror story of a Homicide detective in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who discovers that the Devil and his enforcers are operating in the dark underbelly of the city. As Mikael Ruskoff investigates a series of murder/kidnappings of little girls, evil forces are at work further complicating the situation. Mikael becomes desperate to find the killer before the next child is taken, but his efforts are thwarted every time it seems the killer might be within his reach. Meanwhile, his long-lost father turns up, wanting back into Mikael’s life, no matter the cost… to Mikael. As it turns out, he has the key to both the killer and the evil forces. Now decisions must be made.

The Devil’s Lieutenant
The Devil never does his own dirty work. He relies on the cruelty of others who come in the dark of night, carrying death in their pocket.

This is the supernatural horror story of a pair of cops from different jurisdictions who find themselves joining forces to engage in a war to halt the Devil’s pursuit of world domination. As they battle, they receive the help of an angel in the form of a young girl. At the same time, they discover their loved ones are at the mercy of an immortal enforcer who will do whatever it takes to win and force them to join the dark side.

Scorn Kills
Sometimes love sucks.

Just ask True Crime author, Bill Branch. Today, he woke up in another man’s coffin, under someone else’s body. You might ask how he got there. Bill will tell you it all started the afternoon he and his wife went to a parent teacher conference, and he met the sexiest woman on the face of the earth. His wife thinks it began when their child and her parents were killed by a drunken hockey coach and Bill decided to grieve by sleeping with his mistress. But his dead father-in-law has come back from the grave to let Bill know it started because Bill signed a fidelity contract in blood and then broke that promise. No matter who you believe, karma is up at bat, and it’s getting hot in here for Bill.



Q. You are known for getting into the personalities of your story characters. I find that fascinating. I would imagine this makes it rough when one, or more, of them has to die.

A. Yes, it is an excruciating pain that demands to be felt because I care for each and every one of them to include the minor characters and even my bad guys. In The Devil’s Lieutenant, there is a scene that ripped my heart apart. I didn’t want it to happen, but it had to take place for the integrity of the storyline. In it, I had to destroy a man’s family to bring him to his lowest point. It still bothers me to this day, but I have to remind myself that it was done for a purpose that will endure the entire collection… or until his death.

I also it is important to show the secret frailties of my bad guys and why they become they monsters they are. I have one character, Carl Royce, who is ruthless. But he was madly in love once and the loss of that relationship initiated his bitterness toward humanity. It’s not that he is without caring, it is that he had chosen to cause pain in order to ignore his own pain.



Q. Why do you write horror?

A. My mother loved drive-in theaters, and she loved two kinds of stories - Detective and Horror. So, my earliest memories are being at the drive-in and watching Dracula suck the blood of some girl. I was never scared, just fascinated. I saw all the horror films – The Mummy, Frankenstein, I don’t even remember the names of some of them because I was too young. I even remember one that I think about often. It was about some giants who were buried under mountains. They were hibernating but when they awoke, the earth shook, and the land ripped apart. Every time I’m near a mountain or even a large hill, my pulse quickens just a bit because I think, ‘What if it’s true?’

I never saw any of the creatures in those drive-in movies as ugly but rather as wretched creatures, not accepted in society. In fact, Dracula didn’t scare me until I saw Nosferatu in some artsy theater. I was an adult then and hadn’t seen the ugly side of Dracula, only the romanticized version that Hollywood presents. I have to say that I too, had a thing for the Dracula I saw on Broadway. He was sexy and romantic. Every girl wanted him to suck her blood. Me too.

Long story short the drive-in’s movies made me fall in love with horror.



Q. You are a very well organized person. I’m more of a supreme seat of the pants guy. Why do you think your approach helps you to churn out your great tales?

A.  So you noticed… well, yes, I am very organized and detailed. The organization helps me to keep my characters and their relationships straight. Plus, it helps me to remember to document those fabulous little Easter eggs that come to me in the middle of the night. It’s the organization that allows me to grow my wonderful characters who need their stories told. And it’s that organization that lets you see a character who has very real faults and personality traits that work because they are true to the character.

When it comes to writing, I do try to keep my files straight so that I can find anything at a moment’s notice. I even made a Lexicon of my characters and the places mentioned in my books. It makes it easier to weave in commonalities, and not all of a sudden make a blue-eyed character soulfully gaze at someone with her big, brown eyes.



Q. Your passion for writing is well known. Did this just start up on its own, or did something spur things along?

A. Ahhhh… another naked moment. I had a very rough childhood. My home life was chaotic and terrifying at times. However, I excelled at everything in school. Somehow in my little child mind, I recognized that escape from life was a good thing. I couldn’t be at school 24/7, but I could escape into writing. So I wrote from a very young age. Whenever my mother found my little stories, she destroyed them, but I kept writing.

Then, because I was a damaged person, I married a male version of my mother. I stopped being creative until late in my marriage when I went back to school and rediscovered writing. When I ended up in a support group for abuse victims, one of the assignments was to write a letter to my abuser and then read it out loud in group. I couldn’t do it. I don’t know why but it just didn’t work for me. So I wrote a chapter, and every time I used his name, I typed it in lower case, feeling like it was a dirty word. Well, that chapter led to another and another, and before I knew it, I had a book. Then, I took a chance. I changed the ex’s name to the normal Upper Case/Lower case format and felt enormously stronger. I felt so great that I packed that book away and began writing other books. Writing that book changed me into who I am today.

Along the way, I got an agent who claimed it was easier to sell screenplays than books. So I wrote them for a few years. I had some major producers (names you’d recognize) calling me at home and requesting to read everything I wrote. It was a fun experience until one day a producer said he was buying one of my scripts. For three weeks, I was in heaven. Then the money people backed out, and that was that.

I didn’t quit writing screenplays just because of that, but more because movie producers are fickle, they’ll ask you to totally change a script only to turn around and want to change it again, sometimes back to the original as if it were their idea. And movie scripts are less creative to me. You have to be careful to not tell the actor how to act, to not say exactly how a character should look, to not tell the set designer how the set should present, and most importantly, not tell the producer how to do his job.

All my lovely little descriptors had to be kept out of the script. So I went back to writing books. It is where I belong.



Q. Do you prefer Twitter over Facebook? Do you like them both equally?

A. I prefer Twitter, people are more willing to retweet things they like. I find it interesting, but I must confess that I am usually too busy to look at all the posts. Then, when I do, I find that some follower has been posting erotica or extreme politics and I am mortified. I always swear I’m going to check more often but slip right back into ‘I’ll do it later.’ So if you follow me, I am not responsible for any naughty pictures or political hatred you might find there.

I have to say that I have the whole tweeting process down to a science now. And I love using my Social Media cards.

Facebook sometimes seems like an overfull aquarium where there are so many fish (authors) that they are eating each other. I don’t find it to be very supportive unless you are in one of the cliques. I belong to some, but their culture is so against who I am that I feel out of place. And I can’t understand why people insist on sharing every little thing about themselves, photos of the food they eat, the Target they shop at, etc.  My biggest pet peeve with Facebook are the posts that try to shame you into copying their post onto your wall. If you don’t post it, you are heartless, or don’t care, or they will delete you from their account. But at other times, I find the most interesting things there, like haunted places I hadn’t heard of.

So Twitter rules for me.



Q. That brings me to your non-fiction book about how to use Twitter. Where did that come from? It does have some timely tips. I’m a huge fan of Twitter.

A. I wrote the book because it took me a long time to get enough followers. I thought long and hard about how to attract followers and began to try some things. Once I figured out a system that worked, I found I could grow them organically. I never bought a single follower. I still retain most of my original followers.

I wrote the book to help others get a good start instead of floundering around or paying money for fake followers.

I’ll let you in on a secret. Writers are the worst. Many will follow you only to unfollow you after you follow back. So I incorporated a tiny truth in my book. If you are nice to others, they will be nice to you. It is important to use the words ‘Thank you’ on a regular basis. Every writer should practice being nice. It doesn’t cost a thing and makes life so much easier.



Q. What sort of messages do you leave with your readers in your tales? Mine are always there, but it’s a sort of up to the reader thing.

A.  I do have an important message in my novels but I hope I don’t make a reader feel I am cramming it down their throat.

There is something that highly offends me in our judicial system. Before I begin to explain, let’s call our victim, Mary. Our bad guy, we’ll call Jimmy the Killer.

Once Mary becomes a crime victim and loses her life at the hands of Jimmy the Killer, she no longer matters when it comes to punishing Jimmy the Killer. In most courts, Mary’s family and the prosecutor cannot even post pictures of Mary as she lived because it is too prejudicial, Jimmy the Killer’s rights overrule all the rights Mary lost when she died.

If Mary is killed in a drunk driving accident or an accident where the other driver, Jimmy the Killer, is texting, she is gone, but Jimmy the Killer gets little time because it was an ‘accident.’

Somehow, the killers, accidental or not, frequently get second chances at life and get to see all the milestones in their loved ones lives, but the victims are still dead.

I also feel that the act of loyalty is being lost or distorted. Sad.

So my message is two-fold - human life is important, and loyalty is paramount.



Q. What advice do you have for other authors?

A. Develop a thick skin, don’t believe everything other writers tell you until you get to know them. If, in doubt, trust in yourself. Always take criticism seriously but not as fact until it proves itself. I had someone tell me once that I should change a character because of blah, blah, blah. But it turned out that was a personal preference, and the character reminded her of an old boyfriend who dumped her. On the other hand, I had someone tell me that my borders were incorrect on my Kindle book. I checked and found he was right. The ones he suggested looked so much better.

So don’t just jump on every suggestion or criticism as being the truth. Check it out first. If you have ten people telling you the same thing, you need to think about how to change it. If it is just one, there’s just as much a possibility that they are wrong as there is that they are right.



Q. Speaking of other authors, what is your approach to handling negative peer feedback? I’ve been seeing a lot more of it lately directed at some of my friends and am not happy with what’s going around. We all work hard at writing, I feel, and there is no need to tear each other apart.

A. I had not had much negative feedback until a couple of months ago. Some guy (a fellow writer) in a review group I’m in decided to read one of my books. When he finished, he sent me a Facebook message telling me that my book needed a lot of work and that he’d edit it for money. The tone of the message was demanding, and I didn’t respond because I lost the message. But losing the message wasn’t any big deal to me because, truthfully, I wouldn’t have paid him anyway. I didn’t know him from Adam so I wasn’t going to trust him just because he said something. Two days later, he wrote an extremely long, scathing review and gave me 2 stars.

After I had read it, I was livid because I felt the review was retaliatory in nature. The review was several paragraphs long and tore apart all kinds of things to include my use of nicknames for my characters. He went overboard both in length, and criticism choices. Some of my readers made comments on his review, and he ended up fighting with them in his response to their criticisms. See what I mean about retaliatory? If it were honest, would he really be fighting with readers on Amazon?

Anyway, since our initial contact was in that review group, I spoke to them about it. While they were disappointed with how he handled things, nothing much happened. As far as I know, that guy still belongs to some of their groups and is still reviewing and asking for reviews.

I also wrote to Amazon with no response. Apparently, they didn’t care that he demanded money to edit the book before he posted the review.

Still irritated, I decided to go over my book to prove my point. Happily, I found that 99% of what the guy mentioned was totally wrong. I found a couple of missing commas and a few missing words, but nothing like what he had said was so bad that it deserved a 2. Then, since I was already in the book, I added a short piece in the front that I had intended to add at some point and reworded a few sentences, just because I liked them better (you know the more we write, the more our writing evolves). And then I just let it go.

I decided that reviewer was unfair and wrong in so many ways, and I certainly didn’t deserve those 2 stars, but there was nothing more I could do about it, except get more of the 5 and 4 stars I was used to getting.

The irony is that I looked at his book (he writes under a pen name) and found some of the very same errors and holes he falsely accused me of having in my book. Supposedly, he had 3 editors and claims he taught English so I was astounded to find them. No, I say I was dumbfounded. I was amazed that he thought he was so much better a writer than myself that he could demand money to edit my book.

Anyway, I have to say I am sick at the things I’ve seen other writers say about their fellow writers, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Something happens to some people when they write a book. Somehow they get these huge egos that make them think everyone else is beneath them. They forget how to treat other writers with grace and humility. And they fail to remember that we all are entitled to basic human dignity. They will cry for days over some lion being killed in Africa and then ruthlessly say mean things about another’s writing or cover.

My suggestion for other writers is to make something positive of the situation. If a critique has merit, fix things. If it does not, do something good for your book. Write a new delightful blurb, add a thought at the beginning of your book, create some cool tweets, whatever makes you feel good again. If they confront you in group or on social media, ignore them. You will only make yourself look bad if you engage in combat with them.

Most of all, believe in yourself and only care what your readers say.



Q. This isn’t a question, actually. It’s more of praise from me for being such a caring person. Your Facebook page lists missing persons, information about folks needing organ donors and much more. You’re a good person. Thanks for all you do.

A. Thank you. In the world today, it seems there is too much selfishness. People are too critical and self-serving. They judge you just because they can. Some days, I hate Facebook because of all the hate and name calling. I refuse to be like them.

Basically, I am just one person who thinks it only takes a second to help another human by retweeting or reposting something. I find myself feeling such pain for families with missing loved ones, and I cannot even fathom needing an organ transplant, so I try to help by making others aware of these causes. I don’t gamble, but I know that all it takes is the one post to reach the right person for someone to get the help they need. And me reposting something is nothing in the scheme of things. I am just happy I have the ability to do that repost or retweet.





Okay, Suzi, it’s your turn to say whatever you want about anything at all. Short or long, let us have it!

I have loved being part of this interview. The questions were uniquely challenging, and I like that they were tailored for me. You have given me the opportunity to reveal the real me, a little exposed at times but still, who I am. Thank you, Blaze. This has been truly delightful.

I think you can see that I love writing. Like many of my fellow writers, I must write. It is a part of my soul, my being. And I love to scare the pants off my readers, in a good way. I hope that I am able to entertain every soul who is kind enough to buy one of my books. I promise I will always strive for my very best. Please visit my web page to see book trailers, read excerpts, and more.

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about some other special interests of mine. When I started marketing my books, I was frustrated. It was so dry and dull. I added some acceptable photos to my tweets, but they weren’t nearly as exciting as I wanted them to be. I didn’t create or manipulate them. So I decided to find a way to create some eye-catchers that make people think of me.

It was during that process that I discovered another passion - creating visual effects. I started with the photo cards and went on to make my own book trailers and book covers. Marketing became more interesting as I combined my word wizardry with the wow effects of my unique social media cards

I had such a great time that I have created my own company – Wickedly Awesome Designs. Please come and visit and take a look at my offerings. I have created some pre-designed cards for those with a budget and really love creating unique cards for those who have a more book-specific design in mind.

I’d also like to invite everyone to my other Facebook page – The Queen of Scream. I provide opportunities to do retweets times a week, and you can post excerpts from your book every Saturday. As the page grows, I will come up with some other opportunities.

Any links you wish to let the folks know about.

Books:



·         The Super Easy Guide for Twitter Newbies: Cracking the Secret of Getting & Keeping Followers - https://www.amazon.com/Super-Easy-Guide-Twitter-Newbies-ebook/dp/B01EXCYO0M/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Web site:

·         www.SuziAlbracht.com

For Social Media Photo Cards:

·         www.wickedlyawesomedesigns.com

Facebook:

·         The Queen of Screams - https://www.facebook.com/groups/364598490571172/

·         Suzi Albracht - http://www.facebook.com/SuziAlbracht

·         Wickedly Awesome Designs - http://www.facebook.com/WickedlyAwesomeDesigns

Twitter & Instagram

·         @SuziAlbracht

my Amazon author links is Author.to/SuziAlbracht.  

Universal links:

Thank you for taking time to be here, Suzi Albracht. It’s been a pleasure for me.

Blaze McRob