Thursday, October 31, 2013

All About Sarah Niles


 
 
What would you do for fifty thousand pounds?
 
All About Sarah Niles is set to be the first fully crowd-funded lesbian feature film, created and funded by the people who know and love the genre best.
 
From the author who brought you, The Submissive Scullery Maid, The Dark Cully's Mistress and many more stories that have reached the top of the best sellers rank on US and UK amazon, delve into Shiralyn J Lee's big screen adaption of Loving the Pink Kiss.
 
Growing up in the UK Shiralyn turned her attention to writing novels after she moved to Canada, where she is now married to her wonderful wife, Janice.
 
From her kitchen table, she has entertained people all over the world. Her tales of steamy sexual erotica make 50 shades of Grey look like a child's tea party. Included in her work are pieces that are aimed toward the younger generation and this is where All About Sarah Niles fits in.
 
The film offers an audience the chance to not only watch but also be a fundamental part of its creation. With donations starting from as little as $10 going up to $65,000 (with many steps in between) it really is possible for anyone and everyone to be part of the biggest lesbian film of the decade. From exclusive backstage information to signed copies of the script and even chances to be in the film, there really is something rewarding for everyone.
 
Fundraising starts on Oct 31st 2013 and will run for three months on the dedicated crowd-funding site www.indiegogo.com, with all money raised going to fund cast, crew and equipment needed to make this film a possibility. So why not treat yourself, or buy someone a holiday gift that really can't be beaten. You can also help by liking and sharing the indiegogo fundraiser post, together we can get this movie made.
 
 
 
To keep up to date with the film, see exclusive content and find out more on how to donate, 'Like' the Facebook page, 'SarahNilesMovie' today.
 
Or for more information, you can email: allaboutsarahniles@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dark Seraphine - Re-Launch


Title: Dark Seraphine
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Genre: Young Adult Dark Fantasy
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours




Synopsis:
 
**The Re-launched Second Edition will be published on 10/27/13**

"Mom always says the angels walk among us. She forgot to tell me that sometimes they're not all fluffy and nice."

Seventeen-year-old Caleb Wood has seen people he calls the walkers since he was a baby. It didn't take long for him to realize something…no one can see these strangers but him. They never stuck around or tried to touch him. And they never said a word. That was until one day on the first day of class in his senior year when an incredibly gorgeous girl strolls into his life…and things are never the same again.

Soon Caleb realizes he has stepped into the middle of a growing conflict between two ancient groups. And his ability to see the invisible ones, the half-breeds that want to modify the human race, just might be the only hope both he and the mysterious, but infuriating, Gia, have of making it out alive.


 
Author Bio:

I live in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. I write about people doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Sometimes they fall for each other and make sacrifices for their friends. Oh, and sometimes they love music and nature too. I live with my two sons,a guinea pig, a cat, and two dogs. Now that I have completed my MFA in creative writing, I find that I have a little extra time to play CLUE more often. I live in an L-shaped house dedicated to my grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.
 


 

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Virtue

Author: Allison Bassen
Published: 26 April 2013
Genre: Romance
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies

Book Description
Two women, polar opposites, discover the daunting truth about one formidable man, jeopardising their existence. Now this man wants to eliminate these all-knowing women with his psychopathic vindictiveness. Sometimes the truth doesn't set you free. Susan and Candice are on the run.

Candice, incognito, now occupies the penthouse suite as the in-house call girl at Manhattan's swankiest hotel. She isn't necessarily proud of her career choice, but she does take great pride and rises to the top of her profession paying more attention to the psychological longings of her clients. After all, sex is so much more than just sex. Even though she has powerful men at her fingertips, Candice still glances over her shoulder.

Susan, once a wealthy Atlanta socialite, snaps out of her charm school coma realising the last twenty-three years played like a sinister joke at her expense. She spends ten minutes under the sink with a bottle of Miss Clairol 33 Red and then takes off for Manhattan without the silver spoon. Susan has one goal. Stay anonymous.

VIRTUE is a testament of survival and to women putting the "hell" back into "hath no fury."
 
My Thoughts
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
 
I was drawn completely into the life of Susan and Candice, as we are led on their journey of self discovery. As each face fear head on with just the right amount of determination and a lot of humour.
 
I loved hearing Candice describe the men in her life, and took great delight in the imagery of their individual quirks.
 
Yes there is sex, and plenty of it, but it was more than just that. The story Susan told could very easily happen to any one of us. The plot builds with just the right amount of twists and turns, with a little bit of intrigue thrown in for good measure. It truly shows that in the face of adversity any woman can triumph and proudly show her head above it all.
 
I can't wait to read more by this author, and highly recommend this book.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Life After Hell: Surviving Sexual Abuse

Author: Gladys Quintal
Published: 30 September 2013
Genre: Biography
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies

Book Description
After being separated from my mother twice in my 10 short years of life, I was more than a little excited at the prospect of being reunited with her again. Unfortunately, my elation was to be short-lived when the visits to my bedroom started. Threatening to send me away again or turn the loaded gun he kept in my wardrobe on us all, he kept my silence.

It was to be another six years until I escaped the abuse of my mother’s husband and another 30 years before I was able to bring him to justice. Ironically, the one person that should have protected me and helped me fight to stop him, my mother, is still with him to this day.

Note from the author: This is a true account of the sexual and physical abuse I sustained as a child. Please be warned - this is not an easy read and contains graphic abuse themes.

My Thoughts
My heart broke as I read this book.
 
We as parents are supposed to keep our children safe from harm, wherever that harm may come from, even if it is within the home environment.
 
This is an extremely hard book to read, and I must admit at times I was fighting tears, as I felt every blow, penetration and humiliation along with the author.
 
This book contains many message, as well as strong emotion that will have many readers questioning how could a mother ignore what was happening under her own roof. I know I certainly did.

This book is a testament to the strength and courage of abuse survivors. It was written both as a healing measure, but also to let it be known that justice can be served and that every one of us has the internal strength to carry on.

I thank Gladys Quintal for giving me the opportunity to read her book, and while it is not a subject that many people want to think about let alone read about, I feel it is a story worth reading.

Where to Buy

Amazon US

Author Interview - Gladys Quintal

After reading Life After Hell you certainly get a feeling that the author Gladys Quintal is one tough lady, so I sat down and asked her a few questions to find out..
 
Hi Gladys, thanks for joining me today at Pinky’s Favorite Reads, lets get started.

Where are you from originally?

I was born and bred in New Zealand, but moved to Western Australia in 2007.

Tell us your latest news?

I recently found out that my stepfather is appealing his 7yr sentence. I am waiting to hear the outcome of that and praying that his appeal is unsuccessful.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?

I think I would like to have a dinner party with Trevor Munson and some of my other Moonlight friends. Trevor wrote the book Angel of Vengeance that ended up being Moonlight – my all time favourite Vampire TV show.

What are your current projects?

Book 4 in The Dream Series (Succubus: An Erotic Companion) is currently being edited and will be released on December 1st. There will be a release party for it on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/731931040156813
 
I have also starting writing Book 5 – I haven’t decided if this will be the last book in the series yet or not.

What books or authors have influenced your writing?

I think the first and biggest influence was James Herbert. I read The Fog when I was around 14 and I love the way James draws you into the story. I have read almost every book he has ever written. Sadly he died recently L
 
I also love Diana Gabaldon who gave us the wonderful Jamie Fraser and Jeff Lindsay and Dexter. I fell in love with Jamie Fraser instantly – as I am sure most woman that have read the Outlander books have. I love Dexter – Dexter is my hero!
 
Yes, I must say, I am also a HUGE fan of both the Outlander books and Dexter!

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

I think out of all my favourite authors, the one I would like to meet most is Trevor Munson. I have gotten to know him quite well on Facebook and would love to meet him outside of Facebook.

What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

I am currently reading two books: A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon, in paperback and Candy’s Man by Jeanette Hornby (an Aussie author friend of mine) on my kindle.

Life After Hell was obviously written to help the healing process, did you ever think that maybe it wouldn’t ever be finished?

To be honest, when I first started writing my journal form of the book, I never in a million years thought that I would be able to get my stepfather convicted. It was nice to be able to give it a happy ending.

Tell us a little bit about your Dream Series Books?

At the age of 13, Cassandra is sexually abused by her stepfather (I used a lot of my own experiences in the first book). She is rescued by a vigilante vampire who kills rapists and child molesters. At the age of 17, her parents die in a car accident that she miraculously survives from and shortly after, begins to have dreams about a dark-haired man. I used to dream about a dark-haired man when I was younger and so incorporated that into the book as well – which is also where the title originated from.

Are any of your characters in you Dream Series Books based on real-life friends or acquaintances?

Most of them, it seems! Cassie is based on me in the beginning.  Alexi is a mixture of Mick St John, Dexter and my partner Barry. Nana, Hayley and Moyra are all good friends of mine. Chloe is based on my daughter Emma and Elizabeth is Elizabeth Bathory (the infamous serial killer of the 1600’s who murdered an estimated 600 young women).

Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?

Yes, Cassie is based on me at the start of the series. She becomes less like me as the series goes on though. A lot of my own experiences and feelings are all through my books.

Tell us about your covers. Do you design them yourself?

Most of my covers were designed by Delle Jacobs. Jimmy Thomas is the cover model on Book 1 and 3 and  I used a photo of my daughter (taken by photographer Gina Smyth) for book 2.

Does your reading inspire you and your work?

Definitely – I think reading helps a lot with the writing process. It is always interesting to see how other authors describe places and situations and how they make each scene interesting or exciting.

Where can we find you online?
 
Blog: http://thedreamseries-gladysquintal.blogspot.com
Book trailers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X42fSp_wPe0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtGPCn5pH7U
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gladys-Quintal/293506287341938
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gladys-Quintal/e/B0066YIE52
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GladysQ
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5234245.Gladys_Quintal



Blog Tour Post - VIRTUE

 
 
Synopsis
Candice and Susan thought they had it all, but they were dead wrong. Their lives were in jeopardy the day they learned the daunting truth about one formidable man.

Candice, incognito, now occupies the penthouse suite as the in-house call girl at Manhattan's swankiest hotel. She rises to the top of her profession paying more attention to the psychological longings of her clients. After all, sex is so much more than just sex. Even though she has powerful men under her influence, Candice still glances over her shoulder.

Susan, once a wealthy Atlanta socialite, played by the rules only to be confronted with an unimaginable ultimatum. She snaps out of her charm school coma realizing the last twenty-three years played like a sinister joke at her expense. Now she has one goal. Stay alive.

One will survive.

VIRTUE takes you on a ride of sultry suspense. Buckle up.
 
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Author Bio
My first word was "cookie." That tells you just about everything you need to know about me.
 
 
I was born in Columbia, South Carolina weighing a meager three pounds, which was tenuous back in those days. As usual, I was early for my own birthday by three months. My theory is everyone's punctuality is innate. I'm early for almost everything.

My folks moved to Atlanta when I was nine months old and I stayed there until I was twenty-four. My itch was Manhattan. I can still remember signaling my first taxi and when that checker cab pulled over for me, I became Audrey Hepburn. Even though I understand the whys, I miss those over sized cabs and their character. There's nothing glamorous in putting your hand out for a yellow Prius.

I fell for a "Yankee" and never made it back to Atlanta. We tied the knot and made three beautiful children. Funny, my youngest son read the first few pages of VIRTUE, and his only comment was, "This is fiction, right?"

My friends and family have been telling me to write for years. The challenge was coming up with the story. VIRTUE was inspired by scandalous newspaper headlines. A Governor got caught with an escort. That had me scratching my head. Why would a powerful man risk his career? And what about the escort? She looked like a pretty girl and came from a nice family. Then I researched the history of prostitution and came to understand why it is referred to as "the oldest profession." Yes, prostitution is in The Bible.

My second novel, MY FATHER'S AFFAIR, which should be published by June of 2013, was inspired by a true story. I took that story and raised the proverbial stakes. I changed the era and the setting. Things were much different in the early sixties. Small towns are like Cheers where everybody knows your name. But I think the most important aspect of writing this novel was the narrator. The reader sees the story through Ellie's eyes, the thirteen year old daughter, which intensifies the emotions.

Writing gets me out of bed every morning. Okay, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are equally motivating. If I'm not writing, I'm reading. There is nothing better than a great read. My biggest hope is that you find pleasure reading my novels.
 
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Author Interview - Allison Bassen

As part of the Virtue Blog Tour, I'm very pleased to have Author Allison Bassen here at Pinky's Favorite Reads.
 
Welcome Allison


What inspired you to write your first book?
I always wanted to write, but I needed the plot. The former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, and his scandal with escorts made me question why a man would risk his career, reputation, and his family all for sex.  Then I thought…what makes a nice girl from a middle-class family sell her body?  Intrigue led to research and a story was born.
 
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Virtue was ripped from the headlines.The book I am editing right now, My Father’s Affair, evolved from a story my mom told me about a relative of hers that cheated on her husband.
 
Is there a message in your novel/novels that you want readers to grasp?
One of my reviewers said it best.  There’s no such thing as a perfect white-picketed fence. That’s when you discover someone’s true character. How do they fix the fence?
 
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I had an English professor in college who told me, “I actually look forward to reading your stories.”  Thing is, I always enjoyed writing, but she made me realize I had talent.  One day she told me, “Allison, I bet you could write a story about a toothbrush and make it interesting.”   I wish I had saved that assignment.  The toothbrush, Reddie, came to life, fuelled by jealousy that the “other” toothbrush got used everyday while Reddie just sat there unused and ignored.
 
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your characters to life?
Making sure each character has a different “voice. The reader has to love your protagonist and according to the reviews, people pulled out the pom-poms for a prostitute. That’s not easy. They understood she wasn’t proud of what she did, however she did take great pride in her work. The other challenging part was explaining the psychology of why men sought out a prostitute without coming across as clinical.
 

If you could take one of your book boyfriends out on a date in the real world, who would it be & where would you go?
That’s easy. I would go out with Paul from Virtue,and we would go to Katz’s deli for a hot pastrami, take a walk through Central Park, and then work off lunch.
 
Tell me the first word that comes to mind when you think of the following:
  • Angel:  My children when they sleep
  • Romance:  When my husband winks at me
  • Love:  A great meal with someone you want to hold hands with while you sip a good cabernet.
  • Vampire:  Garlic
  • Swoon:  Silent movies and fainting sofas (no, I’m not that old, but you did ask first thing that came to mind.)
  • Reading:  Pleasure
  • Chocolate:  A little ice cream shop in Paris by Notre Dame
  • Coffee:  Must use half-and-half
  • Dress:  Less is more



Thank you so much for taking the time to be interviewed
 


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Menage a Trouble

Author: Eva Marie Paulliere
Published: 20 March 2013
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description
Jason’s luck with women changes when an out-of-the-closet ex-girlfriend’s girlfriend proposes an “arrangement”. When word gets around about their adventures, Jason finds himself up to his neck in similar offers.

What will Jason do when his childhood friend, now a proper Christian woman oblivious to his lifestyle, comes out of his past? 
Nancy and Jason soon find themselves caught in the crossfire ...of a holy war between Bible Thumpers and gay rights activists. Will Jason come to Jesus? Will Nancy give in to temptation? 
Find out in this humorous, erotic and thrilling roller-coaster ride of sex, politics and religion that will make you laugh, cry, and reflect.
For readers 18+ due to heavy sexual content.
 
My Thoughts
In true Eva Marie Paulliere style, Ménage a Trouble hits the spot.

How could you not like our leading man Jason, as he is drawn into an "arrangement" that sees him living out a fantasy not once, but three times.

Honestly after the first adventure most men would be wary, but not our Jason, eyes wide shut in he plunges again and again.
 
This is an extremely funny story that had me in stitches at the antics of Jason, Elise, Leslie, Susan, Patty .... and the list goes on.
 
It isn't until the last when Jason finally meets the woman of his dreams Nancy and he realises that there is more to life than just having fun. However the ride doesn't stop there, there is still another twist that will have you hooked right to the very end.

 
 
 
 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Life After Hell: Surviving Sexual Abuse

Today on Pinky's Favorite Reads, I'm very pleased to feature a book by an exceptionally remarkable woman...





Life After Hell: Surviving Sexual Abuse By Gladys Quintal

From 1976-1982, I was the victim of sexual abuse. My abuser (who was a paedophile, rapist and killer of animals) was sentenced to seven years in prison on the 25 February 2013 – a full 30 years after the fact. I flew to New Zealand on the 25 February 2013 to witness the sentencing of my rapist – a journey toward justice 30 years in the making. His conviction and inclusion on the sex offender registry was a victory like no other.

 I want to emphasize the all-important message that you do not have to put up with abuse. Children are so easily manipulated and coerced by adults. They are so easily silenced and paralysed by threats, especially threats of violence against loved ones or beloved pets. They are the perfect victims – naïve, gullible, terrified and defenceless. Therefore, we must protect our children and make sure we are leaving them in the care of people we absolutely trust.
 
Yet abuse happens all too frequently around the world, and children need to tell someone – anyone – other than the parent or caregiver who is the abuser. A teacher, priest, neighbour, a policeman… no matter the manner in which your abuser has threatened or intimidated you, there is someone out there who will and can help, if you only take that first step and ask. In cases of paedophilia, nine times out of ten the victim knows the abuser, who is often a family member or close friend. Parents need to be more vigilant and watch for the signs of abuse, for paedophiles operate within a sick and clever mentality of their own, brilliantly disguising their actions, shifting blame, and twisting the facts. Simply put, children do not stand a chance against a determined paedophile. I certainly didn’t.
 
Whenever the bad stuff would happen, I would zone out and try and pretend it was happening to someone else. I was determined not to let him break me – not to let him drive me insane and in the back of my mind I kept telling myself that one day I would be old enough to leave and start a life for myself. I would be in control then and never let anything like this happen ever again. I always believed that I would have a better life than the horror I was living and fought to survive long enough to make it through to that time.
 
I wrote this book to inform abuse survivors that they are not alone, and that they are worthy, and that they can seek justice. Yes, justice can be dispensed many, many years after the crime has been committed. It may not be for everyone, and I will not lie and say it is an easy road. It requires years of emotional investment and takes toll on you and your loved ones. But it can be done. The closure it has given me to see “him” behind bars is amazing. I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I have been shown to be worthy — at last.
 
The sentencing of my rapist was a vindication and also gave me some small sense of consolation. I know that at least for the next few years, other children will be safe from a monstrous paedophile – something that caused me many sleepless nights over the past 30 years. Can you imagine the lingering horror of wondering what “new” child he was abusing at any given time, and not being able to do a damn thing to stop him? I wanted to get him off the streets, away from children, and registered as a sex offender. After many years, I have achieved that.
 
Also, writing a journal is extremely therapeutic. In fact, this is how the book began. Rather than keep it bottled up inside, push aside your feeling of shame and talk about the abuse. Share your story with anyone who wants to listen, because getting it out there and not hiding it away is the key. It need not be a dark little secret. Tell the world, which is what I am doing here. It gets the burden off your shoulders and may just help someone else in the process. The truth is, the more people who talk about it, the less victims there will be.
 
Even after everything I went through as a child, I am a happy and well adjusted adult, thank God. I am in love with the man of my dreams, have four beautiful children, and many wonderful friends. I have already reached a lot of the goals that I set for myself – getting my stepfather convicted for rape being at the top of my list. I had always wanted to write books and have done that now too. I enjoy writing and have written a series of Paranormal Romance books in The Dream Series, about a vigilante vampire that kills rapists and child molesters….
 
I also wrote this book and a short story about my health. I have fought to get my health problems sorted and not just let doctors fob me off like they have tried to do for years. I never want to be a doormat like my mother; I want to take control of my own fate and fight to be in charge of my own life. I now have a very good and happy life, a life where I am in control of my own destiny. The life I always knew was out there waiting for me, if I could just escape the horrors of home.
 
 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Call of the Piss Fairy

Author: Lee Allen Howard
Published: 16 October 2013
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Horror
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description
Russell Pisarek is 26 years old and still wets the bed. He grew up different from other young men because his vicious mother punished him for wetting by shaving his head, advertising his problem to all his high school classmates. He took out his frustration by skinning neighbourhood cats.
 

Now fixated on dominating and humiliating women, Russell fantasizes about finding just the right girl—so he can shave her bald. He struggles to overcome his dark tendencies, but when his sister discovers he’s wetting again, she kicks him out of her house.

 
During this time of stress, the mythical Piss Fairy appears in his dreams, and Russell is driven to satisfy his twisted desires with his innocent co-worker Uma, who also needs a new roommate.
 

When his plans go awry, the Piss Fairy commissions him for a much darker task that graduates him from shaving to something much, much worse.

My Thoughts
When Lee Allen Howard called for Beta Readers for his new psychological thriller I eagerly put up my hand. Having read Death Perception by this author, I was intrigued where his twisted mind might go.
 
OMG - what a wild Ride !
 
We are drawn into the life of Russell, a seriously, and I mean SERIOUSLY damaged young man, as he writes down his life story. From his childhood memories to current experiences we come to understand what lies behind the mind that dreams of hair clippers and urination.
 
Call of the Piss Fairy is not for the faint hearted.

Be warned there are a few scenes to rival the shower scene in Psycho! Be afraid, be very afraid !
 
I highly recommend this author to anybody who is looking for something a little different.
 
 

Meet .... Lee Allen Howard

Today here at Pinky’s Favorite Reads, I am very honoured to have Lee Allen Howard, author of Death Perception and his new novel
 
 
Call of the Piss Fairy.
 
Welcome, Lee!
 
 
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, while my father was attending seminary.
 
Tell us your latest news.
I’m psyched about the release of my bizarro psychological thriller, Call of the Piss Fairy. Armed with electric hair trimmers and a military fighting knife, protagonist Russell Pisarak, a 26-year-old bedwetter, accepts his dark commission from the mythical Piss Fairy and steps forth to make his bloody mark on the world.
 
In May, I also released Death Perception, a supernatural thriller, and it’s really doing well. It’s about a young man who finds he can discern the cause of death of those he cremates—by toasting marshmallows over their ashes. When what he discerns differs from what’s on the death certificate, Kennet finds himself in the midst of murderers.
 
I’ve spoken about self-editing your fiction and other topics at area conferences this year. And this past summer I had a publicity photo shoot in a cemetery that was a lot of fun.
 
If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
That’s a fun question! So many to choose from, but gathered at my table would be:
  • Ernest Hemingway – to find out why he developed such a spare writing style.  And to see if my gaydar went off.
  • Thomas Tryon – because he was such a handsome thing, one of my role models as a gay novelist, and because his electrifying first book, The Other, is responsible for making me want to write.
  • Patrick McGrath – because I love his writing. Asylum is one of my favorite books.
  • Stephen King – because, well, what writer wouldn’t want to meet him?
  • Ramsey Campbell – because he’s my favorite British horror writer. The House on Nazareth Hill actually scared me.

What are your current projects?
As I mentioned previously, Call of the Piss Fairy is just out. It’s a dark psychological thriller about a young man whose disturbing dreams of a mythical catlike creature cause him to wet the bed—and fulfill his murderous fantasies with a pair of electric hair trimmers and a military fighting knife.
I’m now working on novel number 6, which I just started to draft. I hope to finish the first draft by the end of the year.
 
What books or authors have influenced your writing?
I was a precocious reader. One of my favorite books in elementary school was Norman Bridwell’s humorous and horrific How to Care for Your Monster (1970). At 12 I devoured the tome Tales of Terror and the Supernatural. But it was Thomas Tryon’s The Other and James Herbert’s The Rats that really made me want to write.
 
Is there an author that you would really like to meet?
Besides my dinner guests, I hope to meet Trent Zelazny because he’s one of my favorite new writers who’s updating noir crime and making it popular again. I just finished Too Late to Call Texas, and it was phenomenal.
 
I also want to meet Dustin LaValley. He’s another of my favorite new writers: literary horror, bizarro, and crime. I just finished The Deceived. Tremendous!
 
Both these guys have been an inspiration and support to me, and I really love their writing.
 
What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m rereading Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God in paperback. Beautiful writing, fascinating characters, and a disturbing subject. I read plenty of ebooks too on my Kindle.
 
Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
In second grade I started writing my own stories on three-ring notebook paper, binding them with construction paper covers. One memorable tale was titled “Eyeballs Only,” about a mad scientist who turns into a monster that goes on a rampage to pluck people’s eyes out and eat them.
      
I continued writing through grade school and high school, passing my work to friends. At age 12, I inherited my father’s old Olympia manual typewriter, a 50-pound tank of a thing. The keys were so hard to press that I tore the skin from under my fingernails the first few weeks. Then I toughened up, like a true horror writer.
 
For a decade, I took a break from writing, but began again in earnest in the 1990s. I’ve been publishing steadily since 2010.
 
What is your writing process?
With my latest release and my work in progress, I did much more “pre-writing” than usual. This means, beyond character sketches, I do a lot of free-writing about the characters, their relationships, and story situations so that I know them fully before I start drafting. I conduct any necessary research during this time.
 
From this preliminary material, I then plan the broad three-act story arc. I briefly outline all the scenes, then go back and meticulously plan each scene.
 
Only after I’ve done these things do I sit down to write the first draft. Because I’ve done so much planning, I can draft very quickly.
 
After a cool-off period, I start my revisions. I’ll typically do five or more edits and a final polish before I consider a book to be ready for the world.
 
Do you write full-time?
I’ve been a technical writer in the software industry since 1985. So, although I do write full-time, it’s some pretty boring stuff. But it has definitely increased my writing and editing skills and enabled me to handle huge amounts of text. I also do freelance editing.
I write fiction evenings and weekends. Someday I hope to transition to full-time fiction writing.
 
Call of the Piss Fairy is rather dark. Where did you get the idea?
Call of the Piss Fairy is by far the darkest thing I’ve ever written. The idea came to me in December of last year.
 
I have no idea why I remembered him, for he wasn’t a close friend, but I went to school with a kid who had long, stringy hair. One day he came in with a buzzed head, and I said, “Wow, you really got your hair cut.” He became very upset, and I found out—whether it was from him or someone else, I don’t remember—that whenever he wet the bed, his parents shaved his head as punishment.
 
Thinking about what that would do to a young man weighed heavily on me until I knew it was a story I needed to write. The inspiration was quite strong and definite.
 
How long did it take you to complete?
I did a character sketch and some story questionnaires over holiday break, jotting down inspired snippets. The first six weeks of 2013 I plotted the entire story. From mid-February to April 4, I wrote the first draft, 50,000 words. I did seven revisions. This is the fastest book I’ve ever written.
 
Are any of your characters in Call of the Piss Fairy based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
No, and anyone who knows me and reads the book should be overjoyed.
 
Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
There’s a little bit of me in every character I write, to be sure. I suppose there’s part of me in Russell Pisarek and Kennet Singleton and all my other protagonists, both their weaknesses and strengths. I hope I’m becoming a better character by writing about them.
 
You can tell that you have done a lot of research for your books. How do people feel when you approach them wanting to pick their brains, or do you have a wide friend base in diverse workplaces you can draw on?
When I develop story ideas, I draw from my current base of acquaintances as well as perform educational research about topics and situations I currently know little about. I did a lot of research about the funerary industry for Death Perception. A helpful mortician explained the process of cremation in detail.
 
For Call of the Piss Fairy, I spoke to a number of people who had work information that I needed, and they were happy to help me out. They’re mentioned in the acknowledgments.
 
Does your reading inspire you and your work?
Absolutely. All the writers mentioned previously have influenced not only my desire to write but also my writing style. Seeing how other writers have turned their ideas into full-blossomed stories is always an inspiration to me.
 
Where can we find you online?
Blog:  http://leeallenhoward.com/
 
 
BIO:
Lee Allen Howard writes horror, psychological thrillers, and supernatural crime. His credits include Call of the Piss Fairy, Death Perception, The Sixth Seed, Mama Said, Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, and Stray. He blogs about his writing at leeallenhoward.com and nitpicks editorial topics at wordsmithereens.net. Lee is a practicing Spiritualist medium and metaphysician: buildingthebridge.wordpress.com. You can find him on Facebook (Lee Allen Howard, author), and Twitter: @LeeAllenHoward.