WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Patrick Dugan

081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Patrick Dugan WebPatrick Dugan was born in the far north of New York, where the cold winds blow. This meant lots of time for reading over the long winters. His parents didn’t care what he read as long as he did. This started with a steady diet of comics and science fiction novels, Heinlein being his favorite in those days.
After two degrees and lots of odd jobs, Charlotte, North Carolina beckoned. Packing up his dog sled he headed for warmer climes and a lot less snow. After working for Blockbuster Video, he moved into IT to become a programmer. Still a voracious reader, he read all sorts of great books. Rothfuss, Butcher, Duncan, Sanderson, Hobb, Farland and Feist sparked his imagination and he started writing horribly. Bad short stories and worse novels would follow. Thankfully these are nowhere to be found.
The book (Storm Forged) was passed around to avid readers for feedback and, much to his surprise, people loved it. Enter John Hartness of Falstaff books. He had read it and loved it. It was picked up in August 2017 with the release date of May 29th 2018.
There are more books planned for the Storm Forged series with releases tentatively planned for 2019 and 2020. So there is a lot more to come!

 

Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

Patrick: I’d love to be a dragon. Being able to fly and sleep for long periods of time sounds really awesome given how busy I usually am.

Wolf: Dragons are cool. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Patrick: I love knives and swords since they are useful and can be beautiful. My favorite is the Karambit. The sweep of the blade is really elegant and easily concealable.

Wolf: That’s one cool looking knife. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Patrick: I am a dog person. We just got a new Cavalier King Charles puppy named Blaze. He’s my writing buddy.

Wolf: Love the big eyes on Cavaliers. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Patrick: I write super heroes so I’ve thought a lot about this one. I’d go with teleportation. No more driving in rush hour and just an instant hop to target to get what I forgot, which I always do.

Wolf: Wish I could do that. What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?

Patrick: A good utility knife, a water purification system, a solar powered light, a good pair of boots and a solar powered kindle with a lot of books on it.

Wolf: Excellent choices. Which of your characters is your favorite?

Patrick: In my published works, Abby is my favorite character. I hadn’t intended for her to be in the book at all, then she appeared and made herself at home. I think she is a damaged person dealing with a world that hates her and yet has a fierce love for her family. In my soon-to-be published, Its Gelsey, but you’ll have to wait to hear about her later.

Wolf: I look forward to it. What story are you working on now?

Patrick: I am working on two stories. One is a steampunk novella set is a world ruled by wizards. The other is an Urban Fantasy about a witch coven.

Wolf: They sound like fun. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Patrick: I love to play video games. My wife and kids all play Warcraft and its fun to quest together. I also brew beer for the bar we have in the basement. It has been dubbed the secret lair after the store in Storm Forged.

Wolf: I’ll drink to that. How did you come up with the idea for your first novel?

Patrick: My son loved Power Rangers when he was small and we would watch them for hours together. It got me thinking that the normal people would be sick and tired of having their homes and businesses destroyed on a weekly basis and would tell them to leave since the monsters went where they were. I changed it to super heroes after they’d been outlawed and Storm Forged was born.

Wolf: What a cool idea. Learn more about Patrick Dugan and his writing at:

http://www.patrickdugan.net
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Twitter: @P_Dugan

 

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Jean Marie Ward

081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

JMWpub1aMJean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, two popular art books and editing CrescentBlues.com. Her short stories have appeared everywhere from Asimov’s to the anthologies of Zombies Need Brains. Her video interviews are featured on BuzzyMag.com.  Learn more at JeanMarieWard.com.

Wolf: Thank you for stopping by for this interview today. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Jean Marie: When I moved into my first apartment, my dad recited all the usual precautions (Lock your door…Don’t drink with strangers…Avoid dark alleys…Go for the eyes…Kick ‘em in the nuts…) Mom smiled beatifically, presented me with a heavy cast-iron frying pan, and said: “It’s only murder if you use a knife.”

Wolf: I love your mom’s sense of humor. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Jean Marie: Finished their story arcs.

Wolf: That is rather nice. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Jean Marie: Left them dangling for ten years while I learned how to write a sequel.

Wolf: Ouch. They must have been pretty mad at you. You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.

Jean Marie: A blackberry bramble, insidious and prickly.

Wolf: Yet the berries are sweet. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Jean Marie: Both, but I live with a cat, because it would be cruel to inflict me on a dog. I don’t do mornings, and I’m not human before lunch.

Wolf: I guess you won’t be going on any predawn walks. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Jean Marie: Persuasion.

Wolf: I think you already have that. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Jean Marie: Check the floor below to make sure there’s no water coming through the ceiling fixture in the room beneath. I’m terribly prosaic.

Wolf: Smart. What is your favorite body of water and why?

Jean Marie: The Pacific Ocean along the cliffs of Vandenberg Air Force Base. It holds all the blues in sky and space. I could watch it crash against those rocks forever.

Wolf: Sounds gorgeous. I’ll have to visit some time. What story are you working on now?

Jean Marie: “Siren Bridge”, a novella featuring an illusionist, a Wagnerian siren and a cast of reprobates up to no good in a Steampunk frontier; and “Stolen Souls”, a short story featuring a vampire in 1723 in the Louisiana Colony.

Wolf: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Jean Marie: Drag the husband to a restaurant and a movie, hang with friends, read, shop, think about my next story—anything except cleaning. I like cleaning about as much as I like morning. But don’t pay any attention to the neighbors who ascribe my pallor to Transylvanian heritage. I’m Irish-Italian, and you know how daytimers exaggerate.

Wolf: Too funny. Connect with Jean Marie through these links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeanmariewardwriter
Twitter: @Jean_Marie_Ward
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/jmward14/

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Elana A. Mugdan

081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Elana A. Mugdan pictureElana A. Mugdan is an author and semi-retired filmmaker based in New York City. She has received many accolades in the film industry, including a number of awards for her feature film Director’s Cut, which she wrote, directed, and produced by herself.

An avid reader, Elana is a lifelong fan of fantasy stories—particularly ones which revolve around dragons. She is described by her friends and family as “the weirdest person I know”, and wears that weirdness proudly on her sleeve. Some of her favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter S. Beagle, and Robert Jordan.

Elana currently resides in New York, living a quiet but eccentric life with her pet rescue snake, Medusa.

 

Wolf: Glad you could join us today, Elana. Love your costume. If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

Elana: The answer to this is obvious: I’d be a dragon! I’ve been a dracophile for as long as I can remember, and dragons have always been a source of strength and inspiration for me. Considering the fact that I am the World’s Foremost Dragon Authority, as well as the OG Mother of Dragons, I think I’d adjust to draconic life quite easily. Plus, flying and breathing fire and having the power to decimate my enemies? Yes, please.

Wolf: I guess I didn’t really need to ask that question. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Elana: Although there are plenty of cool weapons out there, there’s just something about a good old-fashioned sword that I love. I was always partial to them, and always wanted to be a master swordsman—I even took fencing lessons when I was young, since that was the closest I could get to actual sword fighting. However, the dreams of swordsmanship eventually fell by the wayside, and now I must live out those dreams vicariously through the characters in my books.

Wolf: Swords seem to be very popular. Most writers tend to do unkind things to their characters. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to one of yours?

Elana: Without giving away too many spoilers, I will simply say this: I once pulled a George R. R. Martin and went on a killing spree, murdering several major characters in an important battle scene in one of my stories. It was heartbreaking, but it had to be done. I’ve also written quite a lot of my own traumas into my main novel series, subjecting my protagonist to a slew of heartaches, losses, and betrayals.

Wolf: Yup. Dead is kind of bad. You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.

Elana: I’d definitely be one of those monster man-eating plants, like the kind in Little Shop of Horrors. A massive Venus Flytrap type of thing with writhing tentacle-vines and a gaping, fanged mouth. I wouldn’t hide in the shadows, though—I’d grow on a mountaintop, reveling in the sun, and I’d challenge every human who dared ascend my peek.

Wolf: I think I’ll stay away from your mountain. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Elana: If you had asked younger me this question, she would have probably said something cool like “time travel”, “teleportation”, or “shapeshifting”. However, now that I am older and wiser, I think I’d have to say: mind control. If I had the ability to control people’s thoughts, I could very quickly become rich, rise to power, and take over the world. Hm, that sounds very villainous, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, I’d use my powers for good—I’d force people to clean up the planet and start being nice to each other.

Wolf: Yet the first thing you thought of was world domination. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Elana: Quite obviously, I go to investigate. I’d be cautious, of course, but my curiosity would get the best of me. Besides, I’m the kind of lunatic who would love to find a ghost or some horrifying creature behind the door. So even if I’m walking into a dangerous situation, for me it’s still win-win.

Wolf: I like the way you think. What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?

Elana: The essentials for survival: a backpack to carry supplies, a water purifier so I never have to worry about clean water, flint rocks to make a fire (matches are too easily lost, and run out too quickly), a gun for defense, and a blade of some sort—I’m not necessarily saying a sword, but hey, if the shoe fits, wear it! The blade would be for chopping wood, whittling, and helping me to look cool.

Wolf: Not to mention it would be great for defense. Do you have a favorite character?

Elana: I love all my characters for different reasons, but the one I love most is Cezon Skyriver, who is a minor character we keep running into throughout my main novel series. Simply put, Cezon is a criminal, and he is one of the funnest characters to write. In fact, I’ve so enjoyed writing in his voice that I’m considering writing an accompanying world-building novella starring him and his band of misfit delinquents!

Wolf: Good idea. What is your favorite body of water and why?

Elana: In my youth, I visited Moosehead Lake every summer. This is a beautiful lake in central Maine, and some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around it. I remember playing with friends upon its shores, swimming out to explore little islands, and skinny dipping by the light of the full moon. It is, bar none, my favorite body of water.

Wolf: Sounds beautiful. What story are you working on now?

Elana: Currently I’m working on Dragon Blood, book three in my YA fantasy series, The Shadow War Saga. It’s scheduled for publication on March 6th, 2020. I’ve just finished the final round of editing, and I’m now sending it out to my beta readers to gather feedback!

Wolf: Thanks for visiting. You can connect with Elana through these links:

https://www.facebook.com/ShadowWarSaga
https://www.instagram.com/officialdragonspeaker/
https://twitter.com/dragonspleen

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Jennifer R. Povey

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Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Current Spring 2017Jennifer R. Povey lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, whilst following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role-playing games. She has sold fiction to a number of markets including Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Third Flatiron, and written RPG supplements for several companies. Her most recent novel is the urban fantasy Daughter of Fire.

Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

Jennifer: A housecat. I mean, they’re the most spoiled critters ever. Why yes, I am a little lazy.

Wolf: Lounging in a sunbeam sounds nice. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Jennifer: Beaver sausage. I do mean the animal. It was actually quite tasty. And when somebody offers me weird food, I take it.

Wolf: So do I. You never know what you’re going to like. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Jennifer: Everyone knows I’m a sword girl. Sharp pointy things for the win.

Wolf: Ouch. I’ll stay back. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Jennifer: Pretty much everything I put Anna through in Lost Guardians. If I went into details, it would be spoilery, but…sometimes you have to do really ruthless things to save the world, you know.

Wolf: Indeed. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Jennifer: Both. Both have their charms. Which says a lot about how eclectic my tastes are in general. Kittens? Puppies? Both are good.

Wolf: And so soft. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Jennifer: Teleportation. I hate wasting time on travel. (Road trips are a different thing, of course). But breakfast in Paris, lunch in London, with no travel costs? What’s not to love.

Wolf: I’ll go for that. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Jennifer: Call for backup. Then open it. Ya know, once I have backup. Hopefully it’ll actually be something cute on the other side…

Wolf: Won’t know until you open it. What is your favorite body of water and why?

Jennifer: Probably the ocean. You can take the girl out of the island, but not the island out of the girl. Childhood seaside trips and all.

Wolf: Sweet. What story are you working on now?

Jennifer: The working title is Arana. It’s a companion book to Transpecial, takes place on a starship and involves first contact…and a very haunted MC. I’m about to start the third draft.

Wolf: I look forward to reading it. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Jennifer: Ride horses. Play video games. Silly video games. I mean, I used to be a Farmville addict…

Wolf: Thanks for visiting. You can connect with Jennifer through these links:

Website: http://www.jenniferrpovey.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrpovey
Tumblr: https://jenniferrpovey.tumblr.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ninjafingers

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Scott Fowler

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Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Wolf: Scott Fowler is visiting us today. Tell a something about yourself.

Scott: Ever since I could remember I wanted to be a writer. Over my forty odd years on this Earth, I’ve written quite a bit and continue to do so when my home and work life allow. I reside in Jessup, MD with my wife and son.

Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

Scott: I always thought wolves were cool. Especially those lone wolves that roam the forest by themselves.

Wolf: I just so happen to like wolves as well. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Scott: I usually eat pretty normal Americana food. I supposed the alligator steak I once ate is about the strangest. Should we count all the flies and spiders we end up eating every night as we sleep?

Wolf: No. Definitely not. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Scott: Nothing works better than a good sword at your side, ancient, powerful, and sturdy. A well-made sword can be beautiful and practical.

Wolf: I agree. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Scott: I’m generally not very nice to my characters. I see truth in the troubles one goes through rather than in one’s accomplishments. I supposed giving a lonely teenager a loving relationship was the nicest thing I’ve ever done to a character.

Wolf: Aww. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Scott: Too many mean things to choose from, actually. I suppose luring a college student to the basement of his professor so he could be decapitated was pretty high up there. I once trapped a man in a world of solid ice where he was stuck in a tiny space trying to survive. That story will be in my forthcoming book.

Wolf: Gives me chills. You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.

Scott: I’m small bush, rotting, with long roots under the surface spreading out in every direction, searching for moisture that isn’t there.

Wolf: Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Scott: Since I’m allergic to cats, that pretty much makes me a dog person.

Wolf: Sorry. While walking in the woods you come across…

Scott: An abandoned cemetery from decades (perhaps even centuries) gone. The ground is now more swamp than solid making the tombstones half-sunken in the ground and cockeyed this way and that. It’s dusk. The sun’s about to disappear under the horizon. At this point, your imagination will conjure up images of what happens in this graveyard at night. And you don’t want to be there.

Wolf: True statement. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Scott: I’ve always liked Spider-man’s ability to climb walls. Then again, I’ve always liked the sensuality of the vampire. Bram Stoker had Dracula climbing walls so maybe the powers of a classic gothic vampire (no sparkling) would be good.

Wolf: Speaking of gothic, there is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Scott: For God’s sake, don’t open the door!

Wolf: What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?

Scott: A good sword, a good book, pen and paper, good music, and my family by my side.

Wolf: Which of your characters is your favorite?

Scott: Kenny Myer from Back Looks The Abyss has a special place in my heart. He came from very deep within me and has the most of who I am as part of him than of any of my other characters. I believe it’s very difficult for a writer to create characters that don’t have some aspect of themselves incorporated with them. Some, obviously, incorporate more than others.

Wolf: So true. Describe a meal you would be served while visiting another world.

Scott: Since I am primarily a horror writer, this could go in any number of frightening directions. I supposed being served another human being would be a “meal.”

Wolf: Ick. What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)

Scott: I’ve always found the ocean to be a fountain of good stories, out in the middle of nowhere, fighting nature or each other just to survive. There’s much above and below the surface that lends itself to great story telling.

Wolf: Who influences you the most in your writing?

Scott: It’s hard to write horror without some sort of influence by Stephen King. He’s had such a huge impact on the genre, it can’t be ignored. I’ve read King since I was child and particularly love his short fiction. Of course, I’ve been influenced by other writers. I gain a huge amount of inspiration from anthology television shows like The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and Tales From the Darkside.

Wolf: Glad you could stop by. Connect with Scott Fowler through his website: https://scottwfowler6.wixsite.com/fowlerfunnyfarm

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Lexie Carver

081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

MeLexie Carver’s love of horror started in childhood after watching the TV show Goosebumps and grew from there. She watched her first horror film, a slasher, at the age of 11. She watches horror films, goes to horror film festivals, and surrounds herself with darkly inclined muses. Lexie is a feisty woman who loves indie rock and can’t function without at least one cup of black coffee. She has an adorable dog named Remy who is quite a handful.

Lexie prides herself on being a woman, a feminist, and a horror writer—she offers no apologies, pulls no punches. Her poems and short stories are meant to hold up a mirror to the fears and secret longings of us all. A Fine Day for Murder, is a collection of horror short stories featuring demons, stalkers, evil clowns, vampires, murders and ghosts and more. Into the Dark, a collection of horror poetry features story poems of lost love, demons, psychotic lovers, stalkers, werewolves, vampires, toxic love, and murder. The poetry compilation also includes some of Lexie’s photography, all of which can be found on her website, lexiecarver.com.

Two of her short stories, “Vampires Anonymous,” and “Death Proof Inc.” as well as her poem, “Behind the Glass,” were published in Sirens Call Vol 39, a female-owned horror ezine. She was also interviewed by Kettle Whistle Radio. Lexie spoke in 9 horror panels and moderated 1 horror panel at RavenCon 2019

Follow her on Twitter @Lexie_Carver for horror movie recommendations. She has written 132 fanfics for the TV show Supernatural, over 80 of them about Crowley, the King of Hell. She is affectionately known on Tumblr as the Queen of Hell. It was through her love of that show and fanfic writing that she met some of her best friends. Come say hi and stop by her table at the various conventions she will be attending this year.

Wolf: It was great meeting you at RavenCon. If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

Lexie: It’s a tie between a Phoenix and a red wolf. I’m constantly changing and evolving with outside stimuli. The old me “dies” and a stronger version rises from the ashes like a Phoenix. I’m shaped by my experiences. I love who I am now and I’m at peace with everything that has brought me to this point. I have a kinship with wolves. Like them, I feel alive and energized by the night. I feel grounded being in the woods. I have a small group of friends — my pack — who I know very well. I prefer that over a large group of acquaintances. I also mate for life. Wolves as spirit animals symbolically mean loyalty, instinct, freedom, intuition, protection, community, independence and communication. Fits me pretty well.  

Wolf: Excellent choice. I kind of like wolves as well. You may have created a new creature. Maybe your next story will have a wolf phoenix. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Lexie: If I had to pick a weapon it would be a double-edged dagger like the Haladie that was used in ancient India by the warrior class. Not only does it look badass but it’s easy to use and creates a hell of a lot of damage. It’s small, comfortable to hold (or at least looks like it is), and easy to move quickly through the air. If choosing a weapon for the Apocalypse, look no further. That being said, I am able to assess a situation quickly and I’m resourceful, calm under pressure, and quick to act so I think my brain could also be a weapon.

Wolf: Love it. That’s a cool blade. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Lexie: In “Vampires Anonymous,” I gave vampires a support group under the leadership of Lainie, to help wayward vampires find the strength to fight the monster within, to stay “human sober.” I also gave the group resources like a taxi service, guardians, and a halfway house. Here’s hoping that Lisa and Ethan don’t give up the fight.

Wolf: Super. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?Book cover2

Lexie: Meanest? Hmm…well I am a horror writer so there’s always the possibility of death for my characters, but I did feel a bit guilty at everything I dumped on Nikki. In my short story called “You’ve Got to be Kidding Me,” I put the main character, a waitress named Nikki, through a terrible Monday night. She not only has to stay till 1AM to close the restaurant but she has to deal with drunk, handsy men, a horrible boss and superficial and jealous coworkers. To top it all off there’s a supernatural stalker waiting for her to leave the restaurant. But to Nikki’s credit’s she really does take all of this in stride and through her hardships she finds the strength to fight. I make her realize what’s important and what’s worth fighting for.

Wolf: Poor Nikki. You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.

Lexie: Given that I’m a horror writer, my choice shouldn’t come as much of a shock to you. I’m a Venus Fly Trap, a carnivorous plant that’s pretty, deceptive, yet clearly dangerous. I lure bugs, mainly ants, spiders, beetles and grasshoppers onto my sticky leaves and then seconds later devour them. I may look pretty like any other plant but I’m so much more. As a closing note, Little Shop of Horrors featured a talking and homicidal Venus Fly Trap whose meal of choice was humans.

Wolf: Feed me Seymore. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Lexie: I’m definitely a dog person. I used to walk dogs and even the most aggressive, dangerous dog loved me. I will always remember a huge golden retriever running across the street, his owner screaming, “no” as he charges at me and licks my face. Mind you, I had never met that dog before, but he definitely wanted to say hi. I have a dog and we have a very deep and rich connection. I enjoy taking him for walks, which he gets so excited about. I take pictures and he smells literally every blade of grass. Suffice to say, our walks are usually quite long. He’s not a huge fan of other dogs — favors humans instead. He loves to snuggle on the couch while I watch a horror flick or on my bed while I sleep. I always wake up to an adorable fuzzy face staring at me accusingly as he waits for me to walk him. His favorite toy is a green devil duck. Ha!

Wolf: Sweet. My pup is curled up next to me now. Which of your characters is your favorite?

Lexie: My favorite character would have to be Bobo the clown from, “Never Fear, Bobo’s Here.” He is such a dysfunctional, klutzy, incompetent villain that’s also quite creepy. I loved blurring the line between horror and comedy. His character stands out the most to me and I remember him fondly. Leave everything you think you know about clowns at the door. Bobo is truly one of a kind.

Wolf:What story are you working on now?

Book coverLexie: I’m working on a new compilation of horror short stories and poems right now actually. The new short story compilation that’s tentatively called Heroes Don’t Stand a Chance, will feature stories a bit darker than the ones found in A Fine Day for Murder. In my new compilation, I will be giving old horror tropes a new twist. My new poetry compilation will be more horror and less memoir at least at this moment. It will also feature more of my photography. Both are still works in progress but I’m excited to show them to you as soon as I can. Keep your eyes peeled.

Wolf: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Lexie: When I’m not writing, I’m living out loud, taking photos, connecting with fans at conventions, and reviewing horror movies every day on Twitter. I love to stay active and do something artistic every day. I’m also a huge fan of the arts in general so I dig concerts, museums, art galleries, flea markets, theater shows, vintage bookstores and film festivals. I hope to one day travel the US exploring haunted locations. Horror is at the core of who I am and I feel lucky that I can do what I love.

Wolf: There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Lexie: Rumbling like an earthquake? Find a doorway. Rumbling like a roar from a demon or monster? Yikes! Why did I walk down this dark corridor? Did I get lost? Damn — I need a better GPS. Or maybe I was looking for something? It doesn’t matter now. The rumbling sound was terrifying, and the ground is vibrating — so yeah, gotta run. I’m going to be the smart chick in a horror flick, thank you very much. I’m positive I have learned from watching horror movies all the time and I wouldn’t investigate the sound. I would just run the other way and while I’m running, I’d look for a weapon.

Wolf: Good move. Thanks for visiting. Connect with Lexie through at links: 

Social Media Links:
Twitter: Lexie_Carver
lexiecarver.com

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Lauren Monroe

081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Lauren Monroe TwoLauren Monroe is a Maryland novelist and Pittsburgh-native who grew up appreciating beautiful scenery and nautical life. She learned to drive a boat long before a car! From Western Maryland and later to the DC suburbs, she has experienced life in small towns and large. Currently she resides, along with her husband and family, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Letting Go: Book One of The Maryland Shores and Second Chances: Book Two, women’s fiction in The Maryland Shores series, are her first novels. She’s at work on a third book in the series.

 

Wolf: Glad you could get away from the shore and visit. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Lauren: My characters, at least in my first two novels, had to have functional families with close relationships and pretty good interpersonal interactions, give or take typical sibling banter and a dose of parental embarrassment. That strength made them connect with one another, and I do believe, made them endearing.

Wolf: It’s nice to read about families that work once in a while. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Lauren: Ah, now that might trigger a spoiler alert. Many readers report, and I do believe, that Second Chances: Book Two of The Maryland Shores was more the page-turner than the sweet story that started off my series. Happily ever after would not keep readers engaged. So my characters needed a few life rings tossed their way. While my fans told me of their surprise at a few plot twists, I stand behind all of them because they simply had to happen.

Wolf: I understand. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Lauren: I’m definitely a dog person. I owned a cat many years ago, but in adulthood developed watery, itch eyes to felines. I grew up with a beloved, shelter-rescued dog, and so far in my adult life, our family adopted two dogs who needed forever homes. It’s no wonder then that my characters in Second Chances became dog lovers as well.

Wolf: I was adopted by a sweet lovable dog as well. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Lauren: Hands down, it would be to eliminate anger and promote civility, better conflict resolution, kindness, and understanding.

Wolf: Great idea. Which of your characters is your favorite?

Lauren: Tough question! If I had to pick one, I’d say Steve, the sexy guy I created in Letting Go: Book One of The Maryland Shores. However, I love and identify with Maren who has nautical interests and a home-based career, Liz being a therapist (which I am when not my pen name writing novels!), Paul as a proud Pittsburgher, and Pam pushing back against gender stereotypes and forging her own path.

Wolf: Not playing favorites. You’re a good parent. What is your favorite body of water and why?

Lauren: I grew up on a lake in Maryland and landed later in life living near the Chesapeake Bay. Never the same view, crossing over it several times a week still brings a certain calm and beauty that puts one’s mind at ease. Both sides of the Chesapeake became the setting for my novel series.

Wolf: Nice. What story are you working on now?

Lauren: Book Three of The Maryland Shores which is yet unnamed.

Wolf: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Lauren: The urge to create never quite goes away. When not at the keyboard, I’m cooking, baking, reading, developing info-graphics for book promotion, swimming, watching movies, spending time with friends/family, and travelling when I can get away…that’s my life.

Wolf: Sounds like you have a busy life. Why do you think reading is more vital than ever in our frantic, often discordant world?

Lauren: Being surrounded by books brings comfort, and we know from recent studies conducted in the UK that reading as little as six to ten minutes when losing oneself in a character’s world lowers heart rate and lessens muscle tension. With such immediate, relaxing results, I’d ask why in the world wouldn’t people want to part the covers of a good story and just lose themselves for a little while?

Wolf: The only thing better is reading while petting a dog. Thanks for visiting. You can connect with Lauren through these links:

Social Media Links:
www.laurenmonroenovels.com
www.facebook.com/laurenmonroenovels
https://www.pinterest.com/novelistlaurenm/
www.goodreads.com/laurenmonroe

 

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