Fear Blog Tour: Author Interview with Tom Gillespie + Giveaway!

Fear Blog Tour: Author Interview with Tom Gillespie + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Fear Blog Tour! hosted by Carmen@Book Me!

60 Authors
Two Incredible Volumes
One Terrifying Ride!

                      

Fear: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors. 
Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story.
Every author in the Anthology has generously contributed their work for free. All royalties from sales will go directly to the international charities, Barnardo’s and Médecins Sans Frontières.
Fear, with forewords by international bestselling authors, Peter James and Sherri Browning Erwin, is released in Paperback and on Kindle, October 3rd 2012.

Today I get to interview Tom Gillespie, we talk about his work, writing process, favorite authors and also discuss the Apocalypse. There is a giveaway in the end. Don’t forget to enter!!


INTERVIEW
Without going all spoilery on us, can you tell us a little about your short story, The Sculptor? What was the inspiration behind this story?

When I was a student, my flatmate was a sculptor, and he would often return from his studio with half completed clay heads or twisted, disfigured limbs sticking out of an old, battered and broken suitcase. I don’t know how he survived the underground ride back to the flat without getting arrested.And also Hammer House of Horror, the fabulously scary and slightly camp British TV series from 1980. I wanted to try and capture the feel of the show.

How did you become involved in the FEAR anthology?

My novel, Painting by Numbers is published by Crooked Cat, and I spotted their call for submissions. Many of my short stories veer off into psychological scariness, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I also wanted to support the two nominated charities, and the brilliant, lifesaving /changing work that they do.


Describe your protagonist in three words.

Damaged, deranged and disfigured


What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 I love that existential feeling of disconnecting from the outside world and disappearing into the world that is forming in the front of my mind. But I also love carving, shaping and sculpting the story until it makes sense and I am happy with it (or as happy as I’ll ever be with it)


Who is your favorite author? And  why?

I don’t have a single favourite author. And my favourites change continuously. But if I had to name one writer that has changed the way I think about writing, it would have to be Raymond Carver.  Carver creates landscapes of back and forward story around disarmingly simple, precise situations and ordinariness of setting.  He somehow manages to convey whole worlds of meaning using a style that is stripped down, austere and elegant. He is the master of ambiguity.


Did anyone ever tell you not to quit your day job? If so, is there a special message you’d like to send them now that you’re a published author?

No one has ever said that to me. Everyone I know desperately wants to quit their day job, so they wouldn’t want to jinx any possibility.


If you could have dinner with any one of your characters who would it be? And what on earth would you say?


I would love to have dinner with Jacob Boyce, the central character in my novel Painting by Numbers.  Jacob is an obsessive, egotistical alcoholic who doesn’t care for people all that much. So dinner with him would be an interesting experience.


If you could choose just one book to leave for future generations, what would it be?

 Lanark by Alasdair Gray


Is FEAR your writing debut? If not, can you tell us a little about your previous work?
What can we expect from you in the future?

Fear is not my debut. PBN is out in the world now . . . roaming the streets looking for homes to haunt.  I’ve also been writing shorts stories and flash fiction for quite some time. Flash fiction (stories under 1000 words) is really interesting because you have to work on a very tight narrative arc, and try and find a way to drop the reader right into the middle of a moment.  I’m working on a second novel. Another tale about an obsessive weirdo, and I’m also putting together a compilation of dark, surreal short stories


And finally, the Apocalypse is here. The world has been overrun with Zombies or Vampires or some other freakish thing that wants to chow down on humanity. Before the human race is completely eradicated you get to save two literary legends (don’t ask me why you can only save bookish people, I don’t make the rules) who do you save?  

All my literary heroes are dead  . . . so they would be zombies . . . oh wait  . . . Alasdair Gray is still breathing. But I’m pretty sure he would save me. Zombies would run a mile from him. His brilliant brain would eat them alive  . . . or dead.

Tom Gillespie:

Tom Gillespie grew up in a small town just outside Glasgow. After completing a Masters in English at Glasgow University, he spent the next ten years pursuing a musical career as a singer/songwriter, playing, recording and touring the UK and Europe with his band. He now lives in Bath with his wife, daughter and hyper-neurotic cat, where he works at the University as an academic English lecturer. Tom writes long and short fiction. A number of his stories are published by East Of The Web  He is also a regular contributor to Friday FlashTom’s writing has been described as terse, minimalist, hyper-realistic and ambiguous, where layers of meaning are conveyed using a concise and economical style. He is currently working on a second novel and a collection of short stories. His debut novel Painting by Numbers, a dark, psychological drama that explores the surreal complexities of the human mind, is out now, published by Crooked Cat.

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Something Wicked Comes: Blackbrooke: Guest Post and Giveaway!

Something Wicked Comes: Blackbrooke: Guest Post and Giveaway!

Something Wicked Comes….bringing Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and more Oh My!  What is this wicked thing?  Why a month long blogging event celebrating all books paranormal/supernatural or Halloween related.  Every day during the
month of October there will be several stops.  Each blogger will be featuring a favorite paranormal book and offering it for a giveaway.  Think of it as a month long Blog Trick or Treating Event…
Rainy Day Ramblings and Babbling About Books are hosting this event, so be sure and check the full schedule so you can follow along! 

Today, I am featuring Blackbrooke by Emma Silver. I read this book for a blog tour and absolutely loved it. I hope you enjoy it too. 

The residents of Blackbrooke share their town with the Creatures, or Crits as they are known. Grotesque, roaming the streets at night looking for food, their presence means humans have to live by the Rules, keeping them indoors and forbidding them of basic desires.
The most important Rule? Don’t be a ‘walk out’!
Straight-A student, Liberty Connor, hates the Crits and the endless Rules she and her tight knit group of friends have to live by. Planning her new life on the Outside with her boyfriend, Gabriel, Liberty whiles away her days waiting to turn 18, so they can leave and be free. That is, until the world she thinks she knows begins to unravel. Her friends start to walk out. So she’s told. However, something’s not right. Things don’t add up. Liberty faces a race against time to discover what’s going on with the Creatures of Blackbrooke.
Is it them she has to fear, or something much closer to home?



You can read my review and an interview with the author here. I have Author Emma Silver with a Guest post and an absolutely awesome giveaway!

Before Blackbrooke, I wrote a women’s fiction novel that I was perpetually unhappy with and abandoned (after getting twenty full manuscripts printed, I hasten to add…). At the time, my life was loud and manic so I explained to my then boyfriend that I’d be taking myself away from it all to concentrate on my writing.

Armed with limited funds, I booked a hotel at a popular English seaside resort and set off for a few days of uninterrupted scribbling. What happened when I got there was interesting…
I inadvertently created my own prison. Because the nightlife in this particular town was rather…crazy to say the least, I’d venture out during the day but as soon as the sun went down, I dashed back to the safety of the cramped room, complete with stained bedspread and peeling floral wallpaper.
There was an old man staying in the room opposite who had lived in the hotel for years and whenever I returned, he’d open the door a little bit and stare at me through the crack while I fumbled with the key. He never said a word, just stared while blowing out rings of smoke from his stinking cigar.
Once in the room, that was it. I didn’t dare to venture out and could hear the shouts and screams of drunk revellers throughout the night. Plus, I didn’t want to come face to face with the old man again…
At around one in the morning (I’m a night writer), I started to pace the room. By two, I was blasting music through my headphones and come three AM, I’d abandoned the writing and decided to watch a film. And then another.
It was a strange sensation to feel trapped. I could of course have left whenever I wanted but my brain started to play silly tricks on me and I became truly convinced I would be harmed if I left the room. It made me think about prison and how some inmates must lose their minds and feel like the walls are closing in on them.
Emma Silver
It was an extreme reaction to what was effectively just little old me staying in a cosy B&B, but it stayed with me and that’s when ideas started to form for Blackbrooke. Imagine a town where you had to stay locked indoors every night? What would you do to entertain yourself?
I’ve purposely made a lot of movie references in the book as I imagine they would be good tools to help the residents pass the time on those long dark winter nights. One of the first scenes that popped into my head was my little pocket rocket, Gemma Jones holding up the DVD cases and referring to Twilight as a comedy, given the horrible reality of the Crits in Blackbrooke.
So, my little trip to the seaside to write a book that will never see the light of day resulted in Blackbrooke. Made all the more amusing because that particular place was the charming town of Blackpool. So, does that mean inspiration for the Crits came from the party people of Blackpool? Not really, although Blackpool at night is a scary place. Definitely lock your doors and close the blinds…
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Now it’s time for the Giveaway. Don’t forget thank Emma for her generous donation. The Giveaway is International and will end on 19th October with the release of the paperback copy of the book. 


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Orangeberry Summer Splash: Solstice, book feature + Giveaway!

Orangeberry Summer Splash: Solstice, book feature + Giveaway!

THE END IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

On the eve of winter Solstice, a massive flash envelopes the Earth and then there is nothing. The sun no longer shines and civilization is plunged into unending darkness. Those exposed to the mysterious flash have changed—they have become bloodthirsty, cunning, and determined to devour anyone who is not infected.

They are Ragers.

In Sweden, uneasy travelers Tomas an architect, his young son, Christopher, and university student Melanie, hear a broken broadcast. There is hope. Something called Sanctuary waits, but it is thousands of miles away, somewhere on the shores of the British Isles.

Meanwhile, in a London supermarket, Stu, a high school English teacher from the States finds himself stranded along with a handful of students on a senior trip. Outside, hoards of hungry Ragers await, ready to tear them limb from limb. Their only hope is to find Sanctuary.

Solstice is a tale of hope, terror, survival, and finding love at the end of the World.

Buy Now @ Amazon Kindle
Genre – Horror / Apocalyptic
Rating – PG13 
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Blackbrooke Blog Tour: Review and Author Spotlight + Giveaway!

Blackbrooke Blog Tour: Review and Author Spotlight + Giveaway!

Welcome To My Stop on The Blackbrooke Blog tour hosted by Book Me!
There is also an awesome giveaway at the end. Don’t forget to enter.


The residents of Blackbrooke share their town with the Creatures, or Crits as they are known. Grotesque, roaming the streets at night looking for food, their presence means humans have to live by the Rules, keeping them indoors and forbidding them of basic desires.
The most important Rule? Don’t be a ‘walk out’!
Straight-A student, Liberty Connor, hates the Crits and the endless Rules she and her tight knit group of friends have to live by. Planning her new life on the Outside with her boyfriend, Gabriel, Liberty whiles away her days waiting to turn 18, so they can leave and be free. That is, until the world she thinks she knows begins to unravel. Her friends start to walk out. So she’s told. However, something’s not right. Things don’t add up. Liberty faces a race against time to discover what’s going on with the Creatures of Blackbrooke.
Is it them she has to fear, or something much closer to home?


REVIEW:
Firstly, isn’t the cover just awesome? 
I loved this book! I don’t really read horror, but after this I want to read more of this genre. It’s fast, exciting and will keep you hooked.

Though, to be honest, it’s not all horror. There is a little of everything in the book, mystery, romance, fantasy you name it. 
Blackbrooke is a place which is haunted by monsters called Crits and people have to follow certain rules to keep themselves safe. The crits are described so well that I could almost imagine them. And, believe me it’s not pleasant. They are creepy and disgusting and really scared me. And I am sure that I will be having nightmares. *shivers*

The book is unpredictable. I had a lot of theories about what’s going to happen next but I was wrong every single time. The twists and turns had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Every chapter in the book ends on a note that you can’t help but turn the page and read on. It’s really difficult to put the book down. There were moments when I was actually shouting “NOOoo! This can’t happen!”
CHARACTERS:
Liberty is the female protagonist. She is smart, brave and kick-ass. I really liked her. She reminded me of Katniss from Hunger Games.  She is loyal and self-less. 
Gabriel, her boyfriend, is cute and the scene where they make plans for their future is so romantic.
Cassius, is swoon-worthy. He was best friends with liberty when they were both young but with years they drifted apart. He is not your regular hero but he is everything that a guy need to be and more. 
I didn’t like Noah at first. I though he was shallow and rude but he turned out to be great. 
Gemma was fun and vivacious. She and Noah were perfect for each other.
Denzil is my favorite of them all. He is funny and interesting. 
“Bloody hell.” I pulled out the glass cleaner from the cupboard at my feet along with a cloth. “Denzil, are you high?” He grinned stupidly, “Might be.”
I liked all of them. They are all different and well developed characters. The writing is fast paced and plot is really interesting. I would suggest that you go ahead and buy this book, you won’t regret it! 
                                                       
~Author Spotlight~
Emma Silver
Emma was born and raised in Manchester but now resides in Liverpool.
Blackbrooke is her debut young adult horror novel after spending many years honing her skills drafting short stories and devouring horror through the ages from R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps collection through to Stephen King.
Emma is also the author of a semi-biographical account of her dad’s years in a rock band in the 1970s, Driving Exile.
Outside of her day job in public relations, Emma has worked for a Manchester entertainment magazine, reviewing theatre shows gigs and movies. She gets most of her ideas and is inspired by music and also the fighting spirit of young people who aren’t afraid to challenge the norm and stand up for what they believe in. This fleeting ‘moment’ in life is what she tries to capture in her writing.
Follow Emma Silver:
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1. Who is your favourite author? And why?
Would have to be R L Stine due to keeping me interested in books through my childhood and early teens. Goosebumps books were my life before I graduated onto Point Horror.
I still own some of his books and read them from time to time and I love them. There’s just something so fun about the ‘scare’. You can tell he takes great twisted pleasure in scaring kids and there’s something delightfully weird about that.
2. If you could have dinner with any one of your characters who would it be? And what on earth would you say?
Oh wow. I feel like I should say Cassius because he’s so interesting and has been through a lot growing up, however….I think a dinner with Denzil would be the most fun! He’s just the right amount of zany to float my boat and I can’t imagine there ever being a lull in the conversation. He was crazy in his teens and twenties and I’d love to hear about that and all of the weird and wonderful people he’s encountered being boss of souvenir shop, Tales from the Crits.
3. What is your favourite part of the writing process?
It’s definitely the ‘creative’ part where you lose track of time and write through the night until the sun comes up. It’s magical. There’s something wonderful about reading the finished article as well. Editing is a bitch, I won’t lie!
4. If you could choose just one book to leave for future generations, what would it be?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It has it all – fun, mystery, even horror. Every time I read it, I find something new and interpret it differently.
5. Name your favourite bookish couple.
Aside from my own? I’m kidding! Randomly enough, I really like Alice and Jasper from Twilight. Not sure why, I just got a good feeling from them when I read the books. And like the rest of the YA book community, I really hope Patch and Nora get the happy ending they deserve in the Hush Hush finale out this year. Fingers crossed
6. If you could be any character from a book, who would you be?
Oh I’m really not sure. On one level it would be Katniss Everdeen because she’s so gutsy and handy with a bow and arrow. However, wouldn’t it be fabulous to be evil and get away with it? It would be great to be Jane from the Volturi in Twilight. She’s wicked!

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