This morning, the rambling class-clown of wordsmithery Alex Nader performed a write-by ritual known as a Blog Hop, cussing eloquently and thereby summoning me. I’ve yet to decide what I’ll do with his soul once it’s mine, but I have to answer a few questions and nominate a few others before I can take possession of it anyway. I am eager to gain a new minion for my rapidly growing demon army, though, so lets get right to it. Shall we?
What am I working on?
Three days after Sheriff Roberts hanged her for the brutal massacre of a group of teens out at Red River Ridge, Catherine Cartwright rose from a shallow grave.
Red River Rangers is priority one. Rangers is a Western Horror Novelette splashed with blood, splattered with gore, and laced with just a hint of a promiscuous sort of romance. The cover is in its final stages of design, but the book is available for pre-order via Amazon now.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The main protagonist in Rangers, Catherine Cartwright, is the biggest element that makes it different from most Western Horror stories. Most (if not all, I didn’t check) of them have male protagonists.
While most authors of all genres, not just Western Horror, are publishing novel length works or collections, Rangers is a novelette. The plot moves along at a fairly quick pace, I don’t waste time sniffing roses.
In Rangers, I focus on action as the primary element and efficient detail that still offers vibrant scenery, which is typical of the genre, I suppose. What makes mine different is that it’s written from the perspective of a woman, by a woman. In the current top twenty of that genre, I see only four other female names. I do believe that women write differently from men, especially in their descriptions. Women notice specific elements of action and scenery that men do not, and vice versa.
In any event, I hope I’ve done the genre justice.
Why do I write what I do?
I’m still finding my niche, though I think it lies, mostly, within the realm of Fantasy. Why Fantasy? My favorite books are the Dark Tower series by Stephen King and the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I’ve read certain books within each several times. I love the known and new elements of magic contained within S.o.T.; the Wizards and the Mord Sith, the horses and the gars, the differentiation between additive and subtractive magic and the connotations that go along with each. I enjoy writing Fantasy because you can use and create those elements in new ways (or ways new to you), temporarily becoming a wielder of magic.
I also enjoy writing Erotica/Romance, which allows me to explore the depths of sensuality and intimate relationships. Historical Fiction, in its various forms, offers its own kind of magic, transporting you to what feels like a whole different world. I write articles about writing because I stretch and reach to learn something new every chance I get, and when I do, I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned. Sometimes, I write to exorcise my own demons. Writing forces you to take a step back and view the “scene” objectively. This can help put a bit of distance in between you and incredibly painful memories, even if only temporarily.
How does your writing process work?
I don’t really have a writing process. Every project starts differently, some with a prompt and some with a single line that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Other stories begin with persistent characters who won’t let me sleep. When I’m “feeling it”, the actual writing happens quickly. I wrote Rangers in a few days. When I’m not in the mood, every word is a struggle. I try not to write fiction when I’m not in the mood to write, it never works out well. My frustration bleeds out onto the page and makes for horrible fiction. I can manage non-fiction and micro-fiction, though, when I’m not feeling up to tackling the longer works.
And that’s that. Now that I’ve answered the questions, I’m that much closer to obtaining a new soul for my collection. On to summoning three fellow demons (see also bloggers) to continue the tradition…
I hereby summon:
Daryl Rothman, dad, writer, speaker and early childhood advocate who supplements his writing with a full-time job. He takes humor very, very seriously. Check out his website, where he drops the vernacular.
M.J. Kelley, novelist and writer of science fiction, humor, & literary fiction. He writes screenplays, too, and even created a virtual workshop, which I am fortunate and grateful to be a part of. Co-creator of forthcoming webisode series, tune in at his website for more details.
Okay, now that I’ve fulfilled my end of the bargain, I’m off to collect my earnings. Alex Nader, I’m coming for your soul!