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Interview with bizarro #author Andy De Fonseca

So excited to be sharing an interview with NBAS author Andy De Fonseca. Bizarro just makes me happy and Andy is sending me an 8-bit Mario because I’m awesome. I can’t wait to read this one and get my geek on, it makes me yearn for my duck hunt. Ahhh those were the days.




In a world where humanoid bulls patrol the street, wormholes and portals make up children’s playgrounds, and flying turtles produce the most delicious bacon, Margy Plum and Victor Vance are quite content with playing old school video games and designing 8-bit chickens. When they find a cheat code to a strange game called Adamina, neither are prepared to see their video game exploits on the streets of their own town. To their horror, they have discovered a game that controls the universe.

Before they can even choose an alignment, their world erupts into madness-mutated memes terrorize the streets, clouds fall from the sky and giant balloon animals piss on park trees. Victor and Margy flee to the lands of the old internet, where the dunes are riddled with bandit viruses, the saloons are filled with Japanese porn, and Lolcats roam the dusty plains.

While there, they discover a secret. A secret that twists all they know and believe, one that threatens their entire existence. It’s up to Victor and Margy, controlling the fate of everything and everyone, to find the equation at the heart of the universe before they’re ripped from their lives.


Please tell me about yourself

I’m a geek, like many people who have a passion for something. I just don’t mind the title.
Also, I’m into science, heavy fantasy, D&D, cartoons/ anime, and drawing. So I’m that kind of geek.

A deep, dark dirty secret? Something about you that no one knows.

That’s tough. I grew up with three siblings who were always around. This will have to be a recent secret, so the shame will still be fresh.
I ignored my ALS ice bucket challenge. Completely ignored. No ice. No money. Is this deep, dark, and dirty enough? I can’t tell. Judging from facebook it seems like I’ll be going to hell. But for reals, I had just finished donating a lot of money to the New York Stem Cell Foundation. I have bills to pay! And I’m not pouring ice on my head. I don’t negotiate with charity terrorists*.

Jess resides here confession. I was just nominated myself. I don’t want to throw a bucket of water over myself. I was thinking of filming myself in the shower but that seams too … intimate. I will donate but don’t want to share a video. There I said it. 

What are you reading now?

Declension, by Michael Allen Rose. A really messed up book that’s… hard to describe. Highly recommend it, if you can find it. It was a limited edition.
A Feast for Crows, because mama needs her fix.
An Illustrated Brief History of Time/The Universe in a Nutshell, by Stephen Hawking. But I’m always reading this book, because I can never grasp everything. A lot of writing ideas come out of science.

Some favourite books and authors?

An Illustrated Brief History of Time/The Universe in a Nutshell, by Stephen Hawking
Pale Blue Dot, by Carl Sagan
Uzumaki, by Junji Ito. A fantastic horror graphic novel I recommend to everyone including children who have cool parents.
And don’t judge, but I’m in love this YA book I’ve been re-reading since I was in the 8th grade. Little Sister, by Kara Dalkey. It’s a feudal Japanese fairy tale.

What is your workspace and writing routine like?

Workspace: I’m surrounded by books, art projects, trinkets, pictures, and toys. My toys. I don’t have a kid, but one would assume. ((I’ll send you a picture!))

what a mess

Writing routine: At the moment, any free chance I have, including downtime at work. My biggest problem is taking on new hobbies, which cut into my writing time. Currently it’s the Dutch language. Ik ben een banaan.

How did you discover the magic that is bizarro and why did it appeal to you?

Growing up loving fairy tales, fantasy, science, Gary Larson’s The Far Side, and some really weird hentai, bizarre/bizarro is the only thing I know. I don’t think I’d know how to write a straight story. I tried once, then I turned the main subject into a time travelling geisha.

For me, books are the escape from reality. I want to be taken far, far away, and I want to get there in the most effed up way possible.

How did you become one of the NBAS?

My buddy Michael Allen Rose, fellow bizarro author, is part of the community, and I had been living vicariously through him for years. I finally took a bizarro class with Garrett Cook (which I definitely recommend if you want a good writing class!), and Eraserhead Press editor Bradley Sands took an interest. After that, it became the incredible love story we all know and love today**.

What has this year been like for you?

Stressful. Wild. Amazing. I’m tired a lot.

Please tell us about your book The Cheat Code For God Mode

Margy and Victor are two regular video game nerds who end up finding a game that controls the universe. Before they can even have fun with it, they’re running from a mysterious group of assholes, and they find themselves in the Old Internet. While there, they learn a secret about their world, and end up needing to save it.

What do readers have to look forward to next?

That time travelling geisha? I hope to get that going. It’ll be an oral/mixed media history of this geisha Aya Onitori. Each chapter is from a different person who came across Aya during their moment in time, each written in their own way, depending on the person. The poet will write in haiku, the artist will have woodcarvings, the general will have a war report, the engineer will have a log of the space colony, and so on.

I’m really excited about this one, and for all the research I’ll get to do for it.

Your favourite recipe that involves bacon?

Other than hot pan+bacon?

Every time I make this soup, I want to cry from happiness:

The only thing that makes bacon greater is cheese. And this has bacon swimming in it.

*quote from The League
** it’s not a love story and no one knows it


Andy de Fonseca is a geek. She has always been this way, despite numerous attempts throughout childhood to curb her love of anime, video games, dragons, and the unholy songs of science. She also likes Cheez-Its.

She currently resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Myles and tiny dog Sir Digby Chicken Caesar. She volunteers at the Adler Planetarium, where she not only shares her passion for science with others, but gathers plenty of information for her works. Andy enjoys talking about herself in third person just as much as the next person enjoys a nail in the forehead. 


Andy can be found online Web Site / Goodreads

The Cheat Code for God Mode is available on Amazon

Shadow over Somerset by Bob Freeman #booktour


I’m very pleased to be a part of the Shadows over Somerset book tour for author Bob Freeman’s first book with Seventh Star Press. More books are to come in this series, right now I have an interview with the author to share. Thanks to Bob and SSP for letting me take part.

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What secrets lurk in the heart of Cairnwood Manor? Michael Somers is brought to Cairnwood, an isolated manor in rural Indiana, to sit at the deathbed of a grandfather he never knew existed. But very soon he finds himself drawn into the strange and esoteric world of werewolves, vampires, witches. and a family curse that dates back to 14th Century Scotland. In the sleepy little town of Somerset, an ancient evil awakens, hungering for blood and vengeance.and if Michael is to survive he must face his inner demons and embrace his family’s dark past.



Please tell me about yourself.

Well, for starters, my name is Bob Freeman and I bill myself as an author, artist, and paranormal adventurer. I write occult detective fiction, primarily, though I dabble in more traditional horror, sword & sorcery, and, on occasion, occult non-fiction. I live on the outskirts of a rural Indiana town a couple hours north of Indianapolis with my wife and ten year old son, less than two miles from the farm where I was born and raised.

What is something about you that no one knows?

I’m not sure there’s much of anything that no one knows, but the closest thing that comes to mind is my interest in letterpress. I have a dear friend, long retired and in his mid-eighties, who runs a print shop out of the back room of his late wife’s antique shop. There are few things better than the smell of ink and gasoline when they mingle together, especially when the press is humming.

What are you reading now?

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Who are your favourite authors and favourite books?

I’ve never gotten over my obsessions with Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, and Manly Wade Wellman. I’m also rather fond of Katherine Kurtz, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, George R.R. Martin, and Peter Straub, to name but a few. When I’m hungry for something more… esoteric… I turn to Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, Robert Anton Wilson and the like. As for favorite novels, several come to mind: The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Wilson & Shea, Foucault’s Pendulum by Eco, Lammas Night by Kurtz, American Gods by Gaiman, Love is the Law by Mamatas, Crowley’s Moonchild, Howard’s Hour of the Dragon, and one that I often catch hell for, Anne Rice’s Witching Hour.

What is your workspace and writing routine like?

I have a second floor office filled with books, comics, role-playing games, action figures, occult bric-a-brac, and other odd assortments. Therein I have a desk and an antique drafting table, neither of which I get to spend near enough time at. I do manage to hold myself to writing a thousand words a day, minimum. Now, if I could just convince myself to insure those thousand words were written on a single project, all would be golden.

Is there a genre you’ve not yet written but would like to try?

I’ve come close, but I’ve not yet fully committed to writing a full-on gothic romance. I fancy giving that a go before I hang up my hat.

What about the occult interests you?

For me, it has always been about knowing the unknowable, of exploring the boundaries of mind, body, and spirit — and going beyond them. Who doesn’t long to traverse the great dark of the Abyss and unlock the preternatural secrets of the Ancients? I see it as my solemn duty to embrace my True Will, to be all that I can be, spiritually.

The cover and internal artwork for Shadows over Somerset is fantastic, how was this experience of having what you envisioned created for you?

Enggar Adirasa is a tremendous talent. When I realized I just didn’t have the time to create the art myself, I was confident that Enggar would step up and deliver something wondrous, and I was right. He’s brilliant and I can hardly wait to see what he does for Shadows Over Somerset’s sequel — Keepers of the Dead.

Tour Schedule and Activities
8/25 Jess Resides Here Interview
8/25 I Smell Sheep Interview
8/25 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post
8/25 Shells Interviews Guest Post
8/26 The Cabin Goddess Review
8/26 Kentucky Geek Girl Top Ten List
8/26 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Top Ten List
8/27 Stuart Conover’s Author Page Interview
8/27 Blog of Sheila Deeth Post on Art
8/27 Deal Sharing Aunt Top Tens List
8/28 Horror Delve Top Tens List
8/28 SBM Book Obsession Guest Post
8/28 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post
8/28 Willow’s Author Love Top Tens List
8/29 Bookishly Me Review
8/29 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void Interview
8/29 Azure Dwarf Guest Post
8/29 Vampires, Witches, and me, oh my Guest Post
8/30 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Top Tens List
8/30 Bee’s Knees Reviews Review
8/30 A Haunted Head Interview
8/31 Horror Tree Guest Post
8/31 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void Review
8/31 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals and more! Interview



BobFreemanBob Freeman doesn’t just write and draw occult detectives, he’s also a card carrying paranormal adventurer who founded Nightstalkers of Indiana in 1983.
A lifelong student of witchcraft, magic, and religion, Bob’s studies are reflected in his art, both as an author and illustrator.
Bob lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.
He can be found online at occultdetective.com

Author Links:
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Amazon Links for Shadows Over Somerset:
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Author Crymsyn Hart Death’s Dance #booktour


Welcome to my stop on the Crymsyn Hart tour for her new book and first book with Seventh Star Press Death’s Dance. I’ve got an interview with the author to share.



Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are. Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost. From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance. From there things went from bad to worse. Death’s Dance is the first book in the Deathly Encounter Series


Please tell me about yourself

Hello Jess, thank you for having me. What is there to tell about me? LOL. Well I have been writing professionally for eight years now. I have published over eighty different works. I have been married for ten years, have three crazy dogs, and a day job in insurance that keeps me busy. I read tons of stuff, have a love for all things vampire and horror. And well… I love to write.

What is something about you that no one knows?

Wow you want the deep, dark, and deadly secrets. I’m not sure I can say anything unless you want to deal with my muses. Hmm…one thing that I can share that no one really knows is that I am closeted puzzler. I love doing puzzle.

What are you reading now?

Currently I am reading, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Thankfully I finished The History of Embalming. Now that was a very dry read, interesting, but put me to sleep after a few pages.

Some favourite books and authors?

Some of my favourite books are The Making of Monster by Gail Petersen. The Vampire Huntress Series by L.A. Banks. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Favourite authors that I read no matter what, Christopher Moore Nancy Kilpatrick L.J. Smith Clive Barker

What is your workspace and writing routine like?

My writing workspace is usually sitting on my couch with the dogs piled on top of me. LOL I have an office where I do my day job work, but I like to keep the day job and my writing separate. I even have two separate computers for it too. Although once a week, I gather with my friends and fellow authors at the local Starbucks and we write or procrastinate. However, my house and my office is filled with pictures of ravens, fairies, dark gargoyles, all things that are conducive to my writing style. Good thing my husband and I have many of the same likes.

Is there a genre that you haven’t written but would like to try?

I thought about writing a mystery or a crime thriller. That would be something different and interesting that I might get into. All depends on if the mood strikes me.

You worked as a psychic for many years, could you share about some of the experiences you had doing that?

I worked as a psychic for four and a half years to get me through college and did a few other gigs for my boss at the time even after I moved on. We were still friends and I was local. Well I never met any celebrities, but I was featured in the Boston Globe for being the best local psychic at the time. That was pretty neat. At times I would open the store I worked at and would walk in to the place smelling of roses when there was nothing in the store or around that should make it smell that way. Candles would spontaneously ignite at times. Things would touch me in the shop when no one was there. I’ve seen a few apparitions in my time too.

Death’s Dance features a character that is a psychic as well, how much of your own experience did you use with Kerstin?

Yes, they say write what you know so it was easy for me to make Kerstin a psychic. Well I don’t see grim reapers, but I am a medium as she is and am empath. There are several scenes in the book like when she wakes up and there are spirits all around her waiting to be heard and to mess with her. I used to get that a lot, but not much these days. I’ve never been involved in a television show. So there are some connections, but not too many. It’s the first in the Deathly Encounters series, how many books are planned? So far I have four books in the Deathly Encounters series planned out. Three are written and the fourth one I just started. Although I can see another two down the line if things work out or just shorts to fill in gaps between the books.

I’ve not read your work before so for someone like myself, what do readers have to look forward to and which book would you recommend we start with?

Reading my work all depends on what you like. I write paranormal romance, horror, fantasy, and a mixture of everything in between. Death’s Dance is my first horror novel in a long time. If you like romance I have several books I did that are my favourites.

Dragonkin Hairy & Hung Awakening the Wolf Masquerade A Conspiracy of Ravens

I have a few things coming out in the future to look forward to. I have a book I just sent in called Come & Yeti, a romance between a space yeti, Bigfoot, and two shape shifting female aliens, with Purple Sword Publications. Mind you this is supposed to be a more comical take on sci-fi and shape shifters. Death’s Revival, Deathly Encounters Book 2 will be out soon with Seventh Star Press. I have another vampire romance called Turning Ash scheduled to come out with a new imprint with Seventh Star. The second book in my Gods Trilogy, Gods & Frogs, Oh My!, is coming out soon with Purple Sword. Besides that I am constantly working and editing when the day job allows it.

Thank you again for having me. It was nice chatting with you.

Tour Schedule and Activities
8/18 Jess Resides Here Interview
8/18 The Southern Belle from Hell Top Ten
8/18 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post
8/19 Darkling Delights Guest Post
8/19 Deal Sharing Aunt Top Ten
8/19 Shells interviews Guest Post
8/20 Stuart Conover’s Author Page Interview
8/20 SpecMusicMuse Interview
8/20 Azure Dwarf Post on Artwork
8/21 Come Selahway with Me Top Ten List
8/21 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post
8/21 SocialBookShelves.com Review
8/21 Blog of Sheila Deeth Character Post
8/21 A Haunted Head Guest Post
8/21 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Top Ten list
8/22 SBM Book Obsession Review
8/22 Bee’s Knees Reviews Guest Post
8/22 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals & More Interview
8/23 Reading Away The Days Review
8/23 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Excerpt
8/23 Horror Tree Guest Post
8/24 Willow’s Author Love Review
8/24 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void Review
8/24 Bookishly Me Review
8/24 LucyBlueCastle Guest Post

About Crymsyn Hart: Crymsyn Hart is a national bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

To find out more about Crymsyn Hart, please visit her website at www.ravynhart.com

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Death’s Dance is now available on amazon



AD Starrling Greene’s Calling #booktour


Welcome to my stop on the A.D. Starrling book tour for her book Greene’s Calling. I’ve got an interview to share and there is a tour wide giveaway for everyone. Enjoy.



Please tell me about yourself

I am a thirty-something islander, writer, and part-time baby doctor. Oh, and a closet geek, nerd, and manga/manhwa/anime lover. And I like sports cars. Don’t ask me what’s under the hood, I’m just a curve lover.

I was born and bred in Mauritius and came to the UK in 1994 to go to university. My love of reading and writing came from my father and I’ve been a storyteller in some shape or form since I was a young child; my fondest memory from primary school is sitting under a banyan tree, telling tales of princesses, heroes with swords, and dragons with halitosis to my classmates.

Although I wanted to pursue further studies in literature, I was persuaded to select the sciences as my main subjects in secondary school; I come from a family of scientists and teachers after all. By the time I entered medical school, I had already penned several short stories and two novels. I’d even typed my first novel on my father’s ancient Olivetti typewriter, a process akin to juggling with knifes, blindfolded; I skinned my fingers innumerable times between those damn keys.


I told myself I would write again after retiring from medicine. However, one thing medicine teaches you very quickly is how preciously short life is. There is nothing like staring in the face of death every week to make you appreciate your own mortality. I decided I wasn’t going to wait until my sixties to chase my writing dream.

After a few months researching the traditional publishing industry, I put finger to keyboard in January 2006. I gave myself six years to see where I could get. By 2012, I had written three books. One of my short stories had made the finals of a large international competition. I had almost landed two agents and a publisher. I had received good feedback on my writing.

But I still didn’t have a traditional contract. From what I was reading at the time, it would only get harder to land one.

I then came across an article that opened my eyes to where the writing and publishing world was heading. It was featured in the UK Writing Magazine and was about a US author and blogger called J.A. Konrath. Having been traditionally published for many years, Konrath had successfully embraced self-publishing; the reasons he gave for doing so were compelling to say the least. I researched self-publishing, released my first book six months later, and haven’t looked back since.

What is something about you that no one knows?

I have a fridge magnet fetish. The quirkier, the better. My current favorites are below.


What are you reading now?

I am re:reading Gerald Durrell’s “My family and other animals”. I reread a lot of books. My Terry Pratchett collection is particularly dog-eared.

Some favourite books and authors?

It/Dolores Clairborne/The Stand by Stephen King

Imagica/The Greatest & Secret Show by Clive Barker

Fear Nothing/Dark Rivers of the Heart/From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz

Guards! Guards! and too many others by Terry Pratchett

The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books Collection

I am forgetting many, I’m sure.

Is there a genre you’ve yet to write but would like to do so?

Funny you should ask that. When I started writing in 2006, it was in the lighthearted fantasy genre and in a style of storytelling that was compared to Douglas Adams. I would like to start publishing this series in the next few years. I have written a sci-fi horror short story that one of my editors believes I should expand into a novella or novel. I’ve planned a YA sci-fi novel (could be 2-3 books) and an epic dark fantasy trilogy for the years ahead.

Do you think you’ll ever write where you incorporate your medical knowledge into the story such as a Robin Cook type thriller, or is fantasy and completely staying away from that preferred?

Despite being a doctor, I’m not into reading medical thrillers that much. The only exception that has some link to the world of medicine is Kathy Reichs’ books, where they’re all kind of, well, dead.

I suspect I would find it too “close” to home and it would feel more like work than entertainment for me. I may also have been put off by some of the gross I-want-to-scream-this-is-so-wrong medical inaccuracies I’ve picked up in popular TV series. Seriously, they make us medics want to throw scalpels at the TV screen.

 How many books do you have planned in your series?

The storyline of Seventeen will officially be completed in six books. The world I’ve created does leave the door open for me to return to it at some stage if I wish to do so. After all, there’s so much I could write about past historical events.

Something new and different that a few of my fellow author friends have started doing are short stories and novelettes linked to a completed series. I’m uncertain whether I will try my hand at this.

What do readers have to look forward to next?

Ashstorm (Seventeen Book 4) is currently underway and is proving to be an exciting project. I have started rewriting the first novel in the lighthearted fantasy series I mentioned above. I may publish my sci-fi horror short story later this year and give it exclusively to my newsletter subscribers for a period of time, before I release it as a novel or novella.

On top of hiring Kriss and Amy for the blog tour, I also hired a UK publicist for Greene’s Calling book launch in the UK. Esther Harris landed me an interview on The Annie Othen Show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire on July 3.

I am in talks with an NYC audiobook company about creating a Soul Meaning audiobook. We will be crowdfunding via Pubslush, so watch this space!

Bonus question for you! 😀

 If you had the choice to go on a date with one of your characters, who would it be?

The answer to this question used to be Reid Hasley, from Soul Meaning (Seventeen Book #1). He’s the only human protagonist in that novel and he can keep up with the immortals, so kudos to him. Lucas Soul I would find too intimidating; I might end up staring and drooling like a fan girl.

Zachary Jackson from King’s Crusade (Seventeen Book #2) would be a fun date. Oh so much fun. Sizzling hot fun. Sigh.

Conrad Greene from Greene’s Calling (Seventeen Book #3) would be a perfect gentleman. I can imagine him being an old-fashioned kind of guy who’d bring you flowers, open doors, wine and dine you, kiss you, and not invite himself in for a coffee. A steady guy. That doesn’t mean he’s boring. If you were his soulmate, he’d have you out of your clothes before you could finish saying, “Hello, my name is —” The love scene between Conrad and Laura was one of the more charged ones I’ve written so far.

The character I would date features in Ashstorm (Seventeen Book #4). Not only would I date him, I would happily have his babies. His name is Asgard. He is HOT. Even though he’s not the main protagonist of Ashstorm, he is one of the most important immortals, if not THE most important, in the entire series. I’m a bit jealous of Madeleine, the woman who gets to “have” him…

AD Starrling was born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Pediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing.

Her debut novel Soul Meaning (Seventeen Book #1) has won and been nominated for several awards, as has her second novel King’s Crusade.

She currently lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the next installment in the series. She still practices medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.

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Book Tour – Haunting Blue by RJ Sullivan @rjsullivanauthr

RJ Sullivan

It is with great pleasure I share todays interview with author RJ Sullivan. His newest release is a reprint with his new publisher Seventh Star Press of book one in the Blue Shafer series. Book two is available and I am sure he is hard at work on more for readers. The new rerelease has the lovely art work that anyone familiar with Seventh Star comes to know and expect. I’ve got a couple of these to share and they look great as always. The cover art and internal pics are done by artist Bonnie Wasson

I’ve interviewed RJ previously and had to pick his brain again. I thank RJ and Seventh Star Press for letting me be part of the tour.


Haunting Blue Book Synopsis:

Punk, blue-haired “Blue” Shaefer, is at odds with her workaholic single mother. Raised as a city girl in a suburb of Indianapolis, Blue must abandon the life she knows when her unfeeling mother moves them to a dreadful small town. Blue befriends the only student willing to talk to her: computer nerd “Chip” Farren. Chip knows the connection between the rickety pirate boat ride at the local amusement park and the missing money from an infamous bank heist the townspeople still talk about. When Blue helps him recover the treasure, they awaken a vengeful ghost who’ll stop at nothing–not even murder–to prevent them from exposing the truth behind his evil deeds. Haunting Blue is Book One of the Adventures of Blue Shaefer

RJ Sullivan

My interview with RJ below, the previous interview from back in 2012 should also be checked out

You’re very much an 80’s man, what about this decade has so much more
impact on you than others?

Well, that’s obvious. In 1981 MTV came out they put music on TV. TV makes everything better. J

Actually, I don’t think this is all that different from anyone else. Most music lovers fell in love with music in their early teens first, and their love and knowledge grows from that starting point.

I know several friends a few years older than that that swear by disco (I swear by disco, too, but that’s slightly different) and a few years older than that who swear by the 60s as the greatest era of pop music (they may have an actual case).

I love a wide array of pop and rock music, from the 50s through today. Also some eclectic jazz and genre soundtracks. I do think I was lucky to grow up with 80s music but it’s by no means the only music I listen to (even my Cyndi Lauper fascination is as focused on her under-appreciated 90s material as it is on her 80s hits). Among my favorites today are Pink, Paramore, Adele, Taylor Swift, and I have an on and off love affair, musically speaking, with Katy Perry.

Please tell us about your fan girl crush on Cyndi Lauper.

You mean, why of all the music from the 80s, do I fixate on her? I could go on and on, (and I did here with the Cabin Goddess ) I will point to a few things that to me make her different than many others. First, her fearless individuality resonated with my 10th grade self, at a time when kids are all under a great deal of pressure to conform, she was doing her thing in 1985 and taking a lot of crap for it by the industry, but she soldiered on anyway. Not that I was some crazy rebel, but I needed to see that. I will share this video from 1985 that absolutely floored me.

1994 was a very interesting time. Cyndi’s pop career in terms of her relevance had died, even I had thought much about her music for awhile. She was no longer a concern for her record company; she had more creative freedom than ever before. She recorded the first of two under-appreciated albums, Hat Full of Stars and Sisters of Avalon, respectively, her most interesting music, contemplative, artistic, but also not particularly radio friendly. At the same time, social media was blowing out–email morphed into Yahoogroups sorted by topic. Fans of Cyndi’s current projects found each other online, and looking back, it was like being in a secret society. I found another fan local to the area as well as a handful of others I connected with, people who over the years became close friends and concert buddies, some going on 20 years.

Connected with that, getting backstage and meeting Cyndi became much easier then than it would have been in the 80s. I had my first “meet n Greet” in 1997. They say never meet your idol, but I can honestly say, that warning didn’t apply here. We’ve met several times since that first time. It would be an exaggeration to say we’re friends, but she knows me, knows the group I travel with, and is generous with her time. She helped out with a friend who had cancer. Now when she comes to our side of town she knows she’ll hear from us and she does her best to make time for us, though she is busy again, and that’s a good thing. So yeah, it’s a pretty cool thing.

A couple years ago I channeled these experiences into a short story, with seeds of truth and LOTS of fiction, called Backstage Pass. The story includes an appearance by Rebecca Burton and is still available as an e-book from Seventh Star.

Who would play Blue if it was made into a movie?

Great question, I wish I had a great answer. My kids enjoyed Victorious and now enjoy Sam & Kat, so I have seen a lot of Ariana Grande, who is quite the comedian on that show, and I suspect she has the acting chops to switch over to drama/horror. Of course, she just won a Grammy for her music and I’m sure her career is about to take off in a big way.

How has your writing changed from when you started to now?

I’m assuming you mean other than that I wrote on an electric typewriter and that for the first ten years a paper manuscript backup was a given because even in the first few years of MS Word, a hard drive backup was too unreliable.

Like any other writer, I went through the process of being bad before I became less bad. I made all the beginner’s mistakes…passive tense, no immersive point of view. I stuck with it, learned, and broke those bad habits. But even more so, I’ve learned to not worry about what I’m going to do with the next project. It’s a great relief to “score” those first few sales, because it means almost everything I write is either pre-sold for an impending release or I have a good chance to find something to do with it. I wrote recently on my own blog about revisiting Haunting Blue, how I shoved everything into the story I could think of, because this was my “one shot” and my thinking was that I may never get another one, so I made it count by cramming it with plot and themes.

Now, in a place where I’ve sold a few things and can reasonably be assured I will sell more, each story can just breathe. Haunting Obsession is just about obsessive fandom. Virtual Blue is just about Blue’s coming of age. Red Lotus is the best space opera I can make it. I’m more relaxed and focused, and I think the stories are better. That’s not to say I think Haunting Blue is bad, but I think it is typical of a first novel by a newcomer eager to make their mark. And that’s okay.

Is there a genre you would like to try writing that you’ve yet to do so?

Maybe some sort of urban fantasy, but besides paranormal thrillers I have been trying my hand at some old school space opera, complete with a spaceship and a very cool Captain, if I do say so myself. The first two Red Lotus ebook stories are already out and if you only know my paranormal thrillers, these are very different, but very much in line with a genre I love.

What is the most satisfying part of writing?

Lately, it’s been building a readership, because unlike most of the time I’ve been writing, I know I have an audience waiting to read what I am working on, and that I will get some sort of feedback on it. That relatively fast turnaround is very nice indeed.

Some people poo-poo the idea of commercial success. Whatever, to me, without an audience, art is mental masturb…er…exercise.J I write stories that I want to be read and enjoyed by others, and I say that without apology. I wrote without an audience for years. This is much better. I wouldn’t go back for anything.

Do you enjoy interacting with readers at cons and other events or do you
prefer social media contact?

I love the interaction and camaraderie of conventions and book signings, but social media has the advantage of being a form of book promotion with no overhead. If I could be “beamed” to the event and back to my own bed every night, it would be a perfect situation. Since that’s not possible, I still do signings and conventions because I love the fan interaction, and that’s the only way to put an autographed book into someone’s hand–and readers dig that. Though truthfully, I may dig it just as much. Or more.

The last time I interviewed you your reading list was quite long. What
are you reading or trying to find time to at the moment?

Yes, I doubt I’ll ever catch up. I just finished Eric Garrison’s work in progress to give him feedback, and am now reading his SSP release Sinking Down. By then the third book might be out. I’ve not read the original versions of his Road Ghosts trilogy; I’m taking the rewrites at face value and enjoying them immensely.

Before that I was reading Sands of the Solar Empire–a fairly epic space opera by Ren Garcia which I am enjoying, and part one of a series, for that matter. So I’ll return to that.

Recently I’ve been hitting the library, catching up on the missed comic book stories of the last several years through collected editions, seeing what my buddy Spider-man has been up to (nothing good, I’m afraid), and the New 52, seeing how the botched Wonder Woman this time, and enjoying Batwoman quite a bit.

Bonus Question:

Have you ever put someone you know in real life into a book?

Yes I have, but usually as a cameo, not a major character, and always with the person’s knowledge and permission. For instance, my ebook Backstage Pass is a total fabrication inspired by my real-life travels with a group of pop star fans who attend the same area shows together. Those others are mentioned because I needed a group anyway,  so why not, if they were cool with it?

Beyond that, major characters are highly fictionalized. I want to emphasize that as the guy who wrote Haunting Obsession, a clear homage to Marilyn Monroe. Maxine Marie is still a fictional character in a make-believe world. Had I been trying to write Ms. Monroe into a story…well, I wouldn’t, but if I did, it would have played very differently. Because Maxine is a fiction, I can, for instance,  have her be as despicable as the plot requires.


RJ Sullivan


Rj Sullivan About RJ Sullivan:
Haunting Blue is the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona “Blue” Shaefer. This is the 2014 revised edition by Seventh Star Press. Seventh Star also released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, and Virtual Blue, the second book in Fiona’s tale. R.J.’s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith: Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don’t Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes. R.J. resides in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks coffee from a Little Mermaid mug and is man enough to admit it. www.rjsullivanfiction.com

Haunting Blue can be purchased in Print and Ebook


 The sequel to Haunting Blue – Virtual Blue, available now.

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