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Interview with author @bettyrocksteady

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Hatred and desire collide when the girl next door is a giant spider

Alex’s arachnophobia may be old fashioned, but he’s able to live a life of relative peace despite it. That all changes when a spider moves in next door. His girlfriend is sick of his attitude and begs him to give the new neighbor a chance. He overcomes his fear, but finds a twisted sexuality in its place. His attraction to the spider affects all areas of his life, and changes everything he thought he knew.

 

I read and reviewed Arachnophile last year in November when the latest books in the new bizarro author series had been released. I loved it, seriously this series makes me so happy. For a start it gives new authors a helping hand to get out there and find a readership, second it gives people like me who like a bit or a lot of strange with their reading a very satisfying go to place. Arachnophile was a beautiful strange entertaining read that I highly recommend checking out. If you are a bizarro fan you’ll love it and if you are new to bizarro its a great place to start.

Thank you to Betty for the review copy and for taking part in the interview.

 

 

Please tell me about yourself

I’m an author and illustrator from Canada and my interests lie in mostly the horror and weird realm of things. I grew up reading Weekly World News and old horror comics. My favorite stories are ones where terrible things happen and my favorite art is unsettling. This quote by Edward Gorey sums up my creative process pretty well “My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.”

Can you share something about yourself that no one knows

I’m a pretty open book, but any of my social media friends and followers probably don’t know that I used to read A LOT of the Babysitter’s Club.

What are you reading now?

I just finished an extreme horror collection called DOA II and it was fantastic. Slowly getting through The Ritual by David Pinner – beautifully written but I’ve been taking my time with it.

Some favourite books and authors

Alice in Wonderland, forever. Stephen King has been a constant favorite over the years. I’ve been reading Kealan Patrick Burke’s novellas lately and really enjoying them. Joe Hill’s books and comics are fantastic.

What is your work space and writing routine like

Full of cats and clutter. My writing routine hasn’t settled into a real routine yet, it seems to change month to month and depending on what I’m working on. I try to write FAST though, get the rough draft out as quickly as possible. I usually do at least a general outline so I know how to get from point A to point B, or at least what point B is.

How did you discover the bizarro genre and become one of the NBAS?

I had read a bit of bizarro (mostly Joe R. Lansdale) before I really knew what bizarro was, but I’ve always loved weird horror and things that take you in a new direction. I got to know Garrett Cook, this year’s NBAS editor on facebook and took a few of his workshops. He liked my stuff and helped warp it. I had been writing kinda predictable horror before that, but he was able to show me how to bring the true weird outta my soul. He invited me to participate in NBAS and it was (and is) an awesome experience.

Your debut novella Arachnophile is an awesome read, please tell everyone about your new books

Arachnophile is surreal and wet and buggy. I tried to put myself in a Lynchian Eraserhead frame of mind while I was writing it. Alex is a conservative guy who is just trying to live a normal life. The problem is, he’s afraid of spiders. Maybe not such a huge problem, but giant spiders are firmly intermeshed in the society in which he lives and its impossible to avoid them. Against his will, a neighbor spider weaves her way into his life in a way he never expected. You can pick it up here.http://www.amazon.com/Arachnophile-Betty-Rocksteady-ebook/dp/B0172MQ4RQ/

I’ve just finished writing a novella inspired by a nightmare. A girl is saved from some thugs by her grandfather. The thing is, her grandfather has been dead for years. When he brings her back to his new apartment to explain, he doesn’t seem quite himself, and she finds it impossible to leave. I’m hoping to have it released this year, so keep an eye on my website athttp://www.bettyrocksteady.com or my facebook https://www.facebook.com/bettyrocksteadyart

Did you do any arachnid and entomology research for your book?

I did! Even though my book is strange and obviously fantastical, I wanted it to have a flavor of realism and an understanding of spiders apparent. The thing is, before writing it, I was actually a bit of an arachnophobe myself! I watched quite a few spider documentaries and read a lot of articles about how their bodies and reproductive system work. By the time I was done with that and with writing my book, I found myself undergoing a change of heart similar to Alex. I think spiders are pretty cool now and they don’t gross me out nearly as much.

 

Rocksteady“My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.” -Edward Gorey

Betty Rocksteady is an eclectic author and illustrator from Canada. Her early exposure to Stephen King, The Weekly World News, and EC horror comics shaped her into the woman she is today. With art and fiction, she explores personal fears and resonances.

My debut novella, Arachnophile, is part of this year’s Eraserhead Press New Bizarro Author Series. Release date November 5, 2015!

Betty can be found online at Web | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | Facebook |

I do monthly illustrations at Theme of Absence

Here’s some short fiction available online:
Devil’s Night

The Clown Society

In The Deep Web

Author Carly Ellen Kramer and How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé

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I have an interview with author Carly Ellen Kramer to share as well as a recipe and an excerpt from her book How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé which sounds like a delicious title. The book released in late 2014 is available now.

Forget what your English professor told you – life stories are not written in college.

Madeleine LaBlange, Annie Anderson, and Audrey Navarro shared formative years as roommates at Chicago’s Catholic haven for women, the historic Abbott College. If only they could have predicted the collisions between their carefully crafted life plans and the realities they discover beyond campus…

Madeleine harbors dreams of becoming a concert pianist while Dr. Reynold Fenwick, her mercurial graduate school mentor, harbors fantasies of Madeleine. Will pursuing her dreams be worth the cost? Will an evening in Budapest change her life forever?

Annie plans to build a perfect family with her perfect husband in the cutthroat news media industry, until an abrupt tragedy shakes the foundations of her marriage. What happens when she feels pulled between the two men she loves most, her husband and her father?

Audrey leaves her religious, restrictive parents behind and aims for Chicago’s downtown skyline, dating recklessly and staring down each grueling workday one Chicago Dog at a time. Will an island respite lure her away from her corporate future? When she finds herself in the arms of an unexpected lover, will she have the courage to stand up for her own evolving sense of self?

Follow the journeys of these remarkable women, and cheer them on as they navigate life, love, and chocolate soufflé.

Melitzanosalata
Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip, pictured)

Pierce two medium size eggplant several times with a fork and grill until blackened and soft. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then scrape off blackened skins. Puree eggplant in a blender along with 2 cloves of fresh garlic, 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley (mint works well, too), 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of good quality olive oil. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with crisp vegetable slices or fresh pita bread. Makes about 2 cups.

 

Please tell me about yourself
I love to cook, and am fascinated by the connections between food and culture. I also love to travel, which lends itself quite nicely to exploring both new foods and new cultures! It’s only natural, I suppose, that my book characters often connect certain foods with pivotal life experiences. I feel very fortunate that my hobbies feed one another (pun intended).

Please share something about you that no one knows
I often write dialogue in my head while making jams and jellies. That probably sounds ridiculous, but making jams and jellies requires constant stirring over a bubbling pot for long periods of time. All of that repetitive stirring is very relaxing, and allows my mind to wander through conversations and conflicts my emerging characters are experiencing.

What are you reading now?
Hmm. I’m always reluctant to answer that… it’s like having your photo taken during a random, everyday moment, and then having people hold that image of you – whether or not you are smiling or your clothes match – forever! I read a LOT, and exactly what I read varies widely from one week to the next. Right now I’m reading Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons, Finding His Way Home by Mia Ross, and Lost and Found in Prague by Kelly Jones. Next week, who knows?

Some favourite books and authors?
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Other favorites include Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol, Pandora’s Lunchbox by Melanie Warner, The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O’Neal, and Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas. As you can see from the eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction, there’s really not much predictability behind my favorite books and authors!

What is your work space and writing routine like? Please share a picture if willing
I spend some of my most productive writing time in coffeeshops at odd hours. The ability to people watch and, yes, eavesdrop on conversations often inspires the dialogue in my novels. I don’t mean that I steal conversations – nothing like that. Instead, I’m curious about speech patterns and the ways in which language evolves. New (to me) figures of speech, turns of phrases, slang words, positive and negative exclamations – those are the sorts of details that catch my attention. I also take note – literally – of body language. If the woman waiting for coffee next to me yells into her cell phone “Oh no, tell me he did NOT say that to you!”, I notice her nonverbals. Did she lift her head high on her neck while talking, or stick her head forward? Did she pace, or stand in place with a hand on her hip?

Sometimes I write at my messy desk in my home office.
Carly Ellen Kramer's desk

It’s just a plain old messy desk, really.

Food is a big part of your life, what is the best meal you’ve ever had?
The best meal that comes to mind at the moment was a three hour lunch at a tiny little bistro in Lichtenberg, France. My dining companions and I didn’t speak French, and the staff didn’t speak English, but a great deal of mutual smiling and miming led to an extraordinary experience. We sampled a little bit of everything, or so it seemed – pates and salads, fish and chicken, breads and cheeses, and the most exquisite desserts! Each plate looked so enticing that I took photos and had them printed into a series of notecards.

You work recipes into your books, do you come up with the recipe or story first?
The story always comes first. That’s the way it works in real life. Nobody ever says, “I want to make ten pounds of potato salad, but where shall I bring it?” A person is far more likely to say, “The neighbors are hosting a cookout to celebrate their son’s engagement – how exciting! Now, what shall I bring?”

Please tell us about How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé
How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé is about life experiences of three women who were roommates in college and followed very different paths after graduation. As time passes career and family dynamics evolve, and the women experience comedy, romance, drama, and steadfast friendship. There are so many “coming of age” books which tell the story of characters during their college years, and then the story ends. Many of those are great books, but I didn’t want to write a story like that. I wanted to write about what happens next, because a few years spent in school shouldn’t be the end of anything – those years should be the beginning of even bigger and better adventures to come!

What do readers have to look forward to next?
In Book 2 of the Cherry Harbor series, the three women featured in How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé take a small step into the background. The lead character is a young widow who is trying to rebuild her life while hiding terrible secrets. Three wise women (I told you, just a small step into the background) help her to find her way. A handyman who happens to look darn good in a pair of blue jeans and harbors a few secrets of his own may have a little something to do with the story line, too… 😉 Book 2 is a little edgier, I think. I’m looking forward to reviewing a proof copy soon!
A server appeared – it was Hektor, Annie realized in a flash of undeserved embarrassment – with a plate of tiny, artfully arranged Orektikó. Among the appetizer bites were petite dishes of eggplant melitzanosalata and tangy tzatziki with thin bell pepper slices for dipping, a pair of slender lamb filled dolmades, and two small triangles of tiropita bursting with feta and ricotta cheeses. The anniversary couple took their time and savored each bite, knowing that traditional Greek meals were luxuriously long affairs.

How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé can be found online at Amazon in print or ebook format, Crowded Earth Kitchen for signed copies and on Goodreads.

A server appeared – it was Hektor, Annie realized in a flash of undeserved embarrassment – with a plate of tiny, artfully arranged Orektikó. Among the appetizer bites were petite dishes of eggplant melitzanosalata and tangy tzatziki with thin bell pepper slices for dipping, a pair of slender lamb filled dolmades, and two small triangles of tiropita bursting with feta and ricotta cheeses. The anniversary couple took their time and savored each bite, knowing that traditional Greek meals were luxuriously long affairs.

“I fired Max yesterday,” Annie declared.

Bryant looked surprised. “Really? Why didn’t you –”

He cut himself short, remembering his unanticipated late night at work, and the three-against-one bedtime chaos he walked in on when he finally returned home. Bryant quickly changed the direction of his question.

“What finally did it?”

~How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé, page 90

The Alliance , by @ShannonRStoker #authorinterview

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The Alliance (The Registry #3)

To overthrow a brutal dictator and free her country, a brave young woman will risk her life and liberty to spark a revolution in this explosive final installment in Shannon Stoker’s electrifying Registry trilogy

“Beautifully written . . . a chilling and shocking look at a futuristic America that will stay with you long after you close the book.” —Jennifer L. Armentrout on The Registry

Mia Morrissey fled to Mexico to escape the government marrying her to someone she did not love. Now, she’s going risk everything so that the rest of America can be free.

Going undercover as part of a diplomatic mission, Mia returns to America. But life there is more dangerous than ever as the walls grow ever taller, and the forgotten country faces its most ruthless leader yet, Grant Marsden…a shadow from Mia’s past. With the help of Andrew, Carter, and other members of the subversive group Affinity, she embarks on a perilous journey to defeat Grant, bring down the government, and destroy the Registry once and for all.

When a terrible betrayal exposes the operation, Mia discovers that her enemies have used her—and so have her friends. Alone and frightened, she’s uncertain who to trust—or whether the mission is worth what she’s sacrificing.

With the fate of her friends and the future of her country on the line, Mia knows that her next step may be the last for her . . . and America.

Please tell me something about you that no one knows –

I have really good balance and sometimes I subconsciously stand on one leg. My husband says I look like flamingo.

What are you reading now? –

I’m in a bookclub and this month we are reading a”Needful Things” I’m also in the middle of The Magicians series

Some of your favourite books and authors? –

I’m a horror junkie and usually read scary books, but my favorite author is probably Terry Goodkind. When I’m in the mood for romance my go to is Jennifer Armentrout.

What is your work space and writing routine like? Share a pic of your work area if you like 🙂

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I have a “writing room” but usually end up in the kitchen for some reason! I usually write at nights, probably working the most from 5- 10 pm. Friday nights tend to be when I get the bulk done.

Is there a genre you’ve yet to write but would like to try one day? –

I would love to try to write horror, but just don’t think I am scary enough.

Dystopian is a popular genre at the moment, what drew you to it? –

I think the freedom to bend the contemporary world. It’s not a landscape created from scratch like with fantasy, but more a different version of where we are living today.

For new readers could you tell us about The Registry series please? –

The Registry series is about a young woman named Mia Morrissey who decides she’s had enough with the predominantly patriarchal society she lives in, where women are traded like goods. With little to no knowledge of the outside world she enlists her father’s worker, Andrew to assist her. Even though the world they live in favors males, young men are seen as having no value whatsoever. The series follows these two as they try to break free of the world they live in.

What do readers have to look forward to next? –

I am working on something more contemporary at the moment. It centers around a young man, who may or may not have committed a vicious crime and the consequences that follow.

About Shannon Stoker

Shannon Stoker lives in DeKalb, IL. She received her undergraduate and law degree from Northern Illinois University where she now works as the Research Integrity Coordinator. It’s not a stretch to say she’s a die-hard Huskie fan!

When she’s not working or writing Shannon spends the majority of her time playing with her terrier mix Nucky or her husband.

She loves watching horror movies, including those straight to DVD classics most people never heard of. If she wasn’t an attorney or an author she would have been a beautician and is constantly bugging her friends to come over and let Shannon play with their hair.

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Cas Peace The Challenge book tour #interview & #giveaway

 

The Challenge – Circle of Conspiracy –
By: Cas Peace
Published by: Albia Publishing
Release Date: April 19, 2014
Pages: 426
Friend against friend, lover against lover, ally against ally.

 
Conflict is coming …

Nine months have passed since Brynne Sullyan helped forge an alliance between the realms of Albia and Andaryon. A fragile peace reigns as both sides recover from the events of the previous year. Then mysterious raiders strike Andaryon villages. Attempts are made on the life of Albia’s High King.

As Sullyan scrambles to find those responsible, unseen enemies threaten to pull apart everything she has worked for, including her marriage.

 

  To betray either one would break her heart, but if conflict is inevitable, she must make a choice …

 

The alliance begins to crumble, and Sullyan finds herself caught between two monarchs: the king she’s sworn allegiance to, and the man she loves as a father. 
First I’d like to say a huge “thank you” for hosting me and helping me showcase my work. I really appreciate it. I enjoyed answering the questions and I hope everyone enjoys reading them. And that they enjoy my books too, of course!

Please tell me about yourself.

I’m Cas Peace, a fantasy and non-fiction author from the UK. I live in Hampshire, in the south of England. I’ve been married to my lovely husband Dave for 24 years, and we live in a 1900s cottage in a delightful, small village. We have two rescue dogs, Milly and Milo. I love singing, and as well as writing and recording the folk-style songs and music for my books, I also sing in our local church choir. My hobbies include playing the bodhran (Irish drum), gardening, and caring for my large collection of cacti. I also used to work in stained glass, but don’t get the time for that now.
What is something about you that no one knows?

This is a bit embarrassing really, but I must have been a bit of a whiney child because my father’s nickname for me was “Grizelda Pugh”. I hated it!
What is your workspace and writing routine like? Share a pic of your workspace if you like.

Cas's outdoor workspace (2) - Jess

I have two workspaces, depending on the time of year. When the weather’s good, I love to work outdoors. I take a small table outside and sit so I can overlook my garden. Because we’re in a small village, and we live down a single-track, dead-end lane, it’s often really quiet apart from birdsong. In the colder weather I work in my study, which also doubles as a music room. As for my routine, I rise around 7.15 a.m., have breakfast, and then walk the dogs for an hour. After that I answer emails, and then get down to work – either writing or editing (I’m a freelance editor and proofreader). Lunch is usually at 12.15 p.m. for an hour, and then I work on until 3 p.m. when the dogs get their second walk. I finish work around 5, or 5.30 p.m., and then either relax, practice some music, or do whatever Dave and I have planned for the evening.

Cas's Study -- Jess
What are you reading now?

At the moments I’m reading “I, the Sun” by Janet E. Morris. Janet is a best-selling, highly-acclaimed US fantasy, sci-fi and non-fiction author, and I particularly love her Sacred Band of Stepsons novels. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to her a while back and was thrilled when she read and thoroughly enjoyed my own novels. She likes them so much that she has endorsed them. I can’t tell you how much that means to me!
Some favorite books and authors?

I particularly love Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series; I avidly read Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; I loved C J Cherryh’s Chronicles of Morgaine (the heroine of my own novels owes much to Morgaine); I really enjoy Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels; the Lord of the Rings is a favorite, as is author Barbara Hambly. There are many more!
Animals are a huge part of your life. Are they good company when writing as well?

They certainly are! I often get lost in my writing when I’m actively working on a book and I have sometimes been known to forget to eat. Milly and Milo aren’t too keen on foregoing their dinner, or their walks, so I can rely on them to let me know what the time is. I’m always amazed at how accurate they are regarding dinnertime, or walkies time. They are often within a minute of the time I usually take them. Also, if I get a bit stuck on something, or if my writing doesn’t feel like it’s flowing right, I will stop and play with the dogs. They are great at knowing if I need distracting, and walking them can both soothe me if I’m feeling frustrated, or help kickstart the ceative juices once more. I wouldn’t be without my precious dogs. I’d love to own a horse again, too (it would have to be a Friesian, like Sullyan’s Drum) but it’s one of the most annoying paradoxes of my life so far that although I could now afford to buy and keep the kind of horse I’ve always wanted, I have neither the time to dedicate to one nor the physical strength to look after it properly. I guess nothing’s perfect!
Do you prefer human or animal company?

Depends on the human! I’d prefer to share the company of those humans I love the best with the animals that are dearest to my heart. But if we’re talking in general terms, and en masse, then I’d have to choose animals. Humans have grown too arrogant, too grasping, too uncaring of others or the world about them for their own good. Animals only take what they need to survive – they rarely massacre their own kind or seek to destroy their environment. We, as humans, need to remember where we came from, and realize that this earth, this Universe, wasn’t put here simply for us to rip apart as we please.
Please share about your latest book, The Challenge.

The Challenge begins the second Artesans trilogy, Circle of Conspiracy. In it, the reader will learn much more about the plans and nature of the Baron – the person trying to destroy Artesans by eradicating the craft. Wheels that were set in motion in the first trilogy, Artesans of Albia, now start to bear fruit, and in the worst of ways. The Baron’s machinations have far-reaching and disastrous consequences; consequences that might prove too far along to prevent.What do readers have to look forward to next? The next book in the series, The Circle, will be published very soon – maybe even in time for the second half of this blog/review tour. Buying links will be included if this is the case. And the final book in the second trilogy, Full Circle, should be available around April 2015. Then the final trilogy, the cataclysmic Master of Malice, will be published during 2015 and 2016. I can guarantee it will be both shocking and packed full of action and suspense! Please do keep an eye on my website for details. You can also hear and download (free) the songs and music associated with my Artesans of Albia series, and also find information on my editing and proofreading services for writers. See www.caspeace.com

 

Series Synopsis:
On a foolhardy foray into a foreign realm, Taran Elijah is attacked by a terrible weapon known as the Staff. Killing its wielder, he escapes into Albia, inadvertantly carrying the Staff.

Concerned by the vicious raids that follow Taran’s actions, Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces crosses into Andaryon to seek diplomatic resolution to the crisis. She is captured and tortured by Lord Rykan, aspirant to the Andaryon throne.

Slowly dying, Sullyan escapes his clutches. She offers her skills to the Hierarch in defense of his throne, finally confronting Rykan on the field of battle. Her handsome Captain and lover, Robin Tamsen, embarks on a desperate quest to recover the Staff. But Rykan’s greedy General, Sonten, is two steps ahead of him.
If Robin cannot lay hold of the weapon before Sonten does, Sullyan’s life and the lives of all Artesans are forfeit.

The race for the Staff has begun.
Review Quotes:
“Cas Peace has a most beguiling method of pulling you into this very well thought out world she has created. You simply fall in love with her characters, and then you cannot put the book down.” -P C Dodge, Amazon Reviewer.
“If you enjoy being whisked away to the realm of fantasy, I strongly suggest this unique, special read! Hands down, one of the best fantasy series I have ever read!” -Ashley L. Knight, author of FALWYN
“I have just loved this entire series. Cas Peace is a master storyteller, providing a depth and breadth of information about her worlds and their people that is just staggering. Her characters are complex and multi-dimensional, and I have very much enjoyed reading this series. I am also looking forward with great anticipation to her next novel in this series. I heartily recommend this series to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy, strong world-building and beautiful storytelling. Highly recommended!” -K. Sozaeva, Amazon Vine Voice and Top 1000 Reviewer.
Cas Peace’s Artesans of Albia trilogy immediately sweeps you away:  the drama starts with King’s Envoy, continues unabated in King’s Champion, and climaxes in King’s Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying.  The Artesan series propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real.  Smart.  Powerful.  Compelling.  The trilogy teems with finely drawn characters, heroes and villains and societies worth knowing; with stories so organic and yet iconic you know you’ve found another home—in Albia.
Now there’s a fourth book on Albia’s horizon:  The Challenge, also Book One in Peace’s forthcoming sub-series, the Circle of Conspiracy trilogy, proof of more Albian tales on the way.  So start reading now.  I, for one, can’t wait to find out what will happen next. -Janet Morris: The Sacred Band of Stepsons; the Dream Dancer series; I, the Sun; Outpassage.

 

 

Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can.

 Cas’s other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and also singing.


 Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website.

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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.

 

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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:
http://mysouthernaccent.tumblr.com/post/40879725960/low-carb-chicken-bacon-chowder

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

Andy can be found online Web Site / Goodreads

The Cheat Code for God Mode is available on Amazon