Author interview with K.R Rowe

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Another week….. You know how it now goes by now.

I am pleased to be interviewing another great author from across the pond. Karen is cool, and when she’s not penning great books, she’s helping her fellow authors spread the word of literature.

Hello. Tell us a little bit about yourself to get us started:

I spent my childhood in Chattanooga, TN and still resides there today. My father was born and raised near Tellico Plains, in the heart of Tennessee’s tract of the Appalachian Mountains. Because I also have my mother’s South Carolina heritage, my southern roots run deep. From a very young age, my overpowering love of the mountains continues to draw me ever towards them. When not tied to my desk, my free time with my family is often spent enjoying any activity that can take me far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and into the peace of the mountains.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

1. When did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?

I’ve been writing since I was a preteen. Most of it was poetry back then. I have a book in my attic filled with cheesy hormonal teenage girl poetry. It actually rhymed in those days though. Now my poetry is somewhat vague and weird and sometimes I challenge my readers to guess what I’m writing about.

In middle school, I wrote a lot of short stories, the majority centering around my friends, teenage angst, boys and that sort of thing. In the eighties, I discovered heavy metal, and my poetry and thoughts became a little darker. After my son was born, I didn’t write as much anymore, but I decided it was time to find my true talent. I believe everyone is awesome at one thing, and I intended to find my awesomeness.

I tried painting, but a local farm donkey painted much better. I think he painted with his butt. I had to stop playing the electric guitar, because I was tired of prying the cat from the ceiling. I drew portraits, but I think some of them could have been inspiration for a few mutant horror novels. I was beginning to believe my talent was actually trying things, and sucking miserably. Finally, the writing bug came back once more, and along came my first novel Amber and Blue. I’m not sure if writing is my greatest talent, but I love it, and I’ll leave it up to my readers to decide if I’ve found it or not.

2. What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now?

My first novel was Amber and Blue followed by its sequel, Amber and Blue II – Victory. Both novels are packed with romance, action, and suspense. I actually lost track of the death count in my first two novels and decided I enjoyed killing my characters so much, I should consider crossing genres and write horror. I love horror movies and I find that I am drawn to reading horror more than any other genre, so why not?

My current work in progress is a paranormal horror novel titled, Blood Of The Sixth. It is inspired by a poetic flash fiction piece I wrote for my blog titled Regenerate. The novel itself isn’t poetic and I can’t reveal much of what it is about yet, but if all goes well, I plan to release it October 10th, 2016. It will be available for pre-order as well in early September 2016. Stay tuned to my website KRRowe.com for more details.

  1. I’m a new author. Tell me how to achieve my goal?

I was just about to ask you that same question!  I suppose it depends on what your goal might be. If it is to write a few novels and make a few bucks a month, then I am a total expert on that! If your goal is to write a best seller, my advice is to keep writing, have your book edited by a trusted and thorough editor, and seek out a great cover designer. Keep at it and you will succeed, or at least you will have a few dollars that you didn’t have before. It’s a total win/win situation. My personal goal is to win the lottery and buy a house in the Virgin Islands. But for now, I’ll keep writing and sharing the love.

  1. Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?

Each wonderful book I read leaves me inspired, and I learn a great deal from each and every one. I also think I am influenced by everything and everyone around me.

5. What makes you sit down and want to share your stories?

I love to write and I enjoy sharing the weirdness in my mind. I really enjoy when a reader falls in love with one of my characters. I think that is the best feeling in the world for an author. Once a story is in my head, I need to get it out or it will start to drive me crazy.

  1. If you could be a character from one of your favourite novels, who would it be, and why?

I know I wouldn’t want to be a character from one of my novels because there is a high possibility that they might end up dead.

I honestly can’t think of a character in a novel but there are two characters I on TV I would love to be like. The first is Carol on The Walking Dead. I guess she might count as a book character, although it is a comic book. Carol is tough. Even when she is about to lose her mind, she is still blowing bad guys into clouds of goo. She started out weak and tormented by an abusive husband. Now she doesn’t take crap from anyone. I love that! The second character is Lagertha from Vikings. She is bad ass and if she promises you that she will kill you, she will, and fellas, hotness will not save you.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to go around killing people. (Aside from that Ramsey on The Game of Thrones.) I just admire these two women because they are tough and independent. If I were a guy, however; I might want to be superman so I could fly anywhere in the world and not have to pay $100 dollars extra for luggage fees. Those fees are brutal. Also, I could tie a rope to my leg and pull people on hang gliders anywhere they’d want to go—for a small fee, of course.

Thanks Karen. That was great. I look forward to reading all your books very soon.

Check out Karen’s links.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6571714.K_R_Rowe

http://www.amazon.com/K.-R.-Rowe/e/B00BF3AURE

https://twitter.com/krrowe?lang=en-gb

Author interview with Dylan J Morgan

 

Another week, another interview. This week I have the pleasure of speaking to multi published, multi genre author Dylan J Morgan. His books are on the darker side of the spectrum. They all look well worth a read too. I will let him take you up his nice flight of steps, into his dark world.

Tell us a little bit about yourself to get us started:

I am the author of five novels, three novellas, and a short story collection, all in the field of horror and post-apocalyptic fiction. Now living and working in Norway, he was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions. If you’re searching for that light at the end of the tunnel then stop looking—you won’t find it here.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

1. When did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?

Probably when I was in my early teens and I used to staple pieces of paper together to make a “book” and then wrote the stories of movies I’d just watched. I realized I enjoyed it, and started adding my own parts to the “movie” story. Then when I got to reading proper books it gave me the itch to try writing my own stories and things just took off from there. This is something I am: I’m an author, it’s in my blood, these tormented visions are in my mind, and I need to write to stop myself from exploding.

2. What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now?

I currently have nine books available exclusively on Amazon. I have three horror novels: Hosts, Flesh, and The Sickness. I have a post-apocalyptic novel, The Dead Lands. I have a trilogy of horror novellas called the Blood War Trilogy, and a recently re-released sci-fi novella titled October Rain. In addition I have a collection of nineteen previously published short stories in a book called Dominio della Morte. My primary writing focus these past few months has been final edits on my newly finished post-apocalyptic novel, The Dead City, which is the sequel to The Dead Lands and will be released in September of this year. I have already tentatively started on a new novella, which is currently untitled and will probably involve demons and a plague of the dead. In addition, I have about three or four fledging ideas for future books that are still developing in my mind, so we’ll see which one takes root first. Thankfully, I’m not stopping for a while yet.

3. I’m a new author. Tell me how to achieve my goal?

Keep reading and keep writing. I think everyone has their own way of researching and creating their stories, everyone has their own methods, be it outlining or winging it, but every author who has ever gotten a book published, every author who has ever written a best seller or made writing a career, they all have one thing in common: they keep writing and they keep reading.

4. Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?

At the start it was definitely Stephen King. His were the first stories that got me into the horror genre, and I’m sure that’s a standard answer to most authors when asked that question. Books such as Salem’s Lot, Pet Cemetery, and The Shining, were my diet when I started writing seriously. I discovered Dean Koontz, and found he had an awesome descriptive way with words that has probably influenced the way I describe things in my own stories. I don’t read them much anymore, as most of the books I wish to read now are from my peers, those independent authors who I share this solitary little world with.

5. What makes you sit down and want to share your stories?

Refer back to the final section of question 1. I’d explode if I didn’t write my stories. Not literally, obviously, but the ideas I have don’t go away, they circle in my mind and infest my waking thoughts, and I’m sure I’d go mad if I allowed them to remain there forever. I need to write to get the ideas and images out of my head. I figure why not publish them and make a little bit of money, however small that would be. This writing thing keeps me away from my family, from my kids, so I should get something back for that sacrifice, right? I’ve been fortunate in that people have actually enjoyed what I’ve written.

6. If you could be a character from one of your favourite novels, who would it be, and why?

I’m not really sure I’d want to be anybody from my stories, in all honesty. Anyone who has read any of my stuff will know that the vast majority of my characters are flawed, tormented people, who have all manner of horror and gruesomeness thrust upon them. Sure, some of them were happy once, some might even get laid, but the chances are they’ll all end up hurting, in agony, or even dead. Yeah, best not to be a character in a Dylan J. Morgan story.

 

Best regards Dylan

Links:

http://dylanjmorgan.weebly.com/

Twitter: @dylanjmorgan

Member of the Horror Writers Association.