Another week in the Twilight Zone - Writing reports and news!
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/tag/national-twilight-zone-day/ NATIONAL TWILIGHT ZONE DAY
Always observed on May 11th, National Twilight Zone Day features mysterious twists and turns highlighted with eerie background music and unexplainable occurrences.
The television show The Twilight Zone was created, written and narrated by Rod Serling. It premiered on October 1, 1959. The episodes were wildly popular, stretched the imagination, and captivated viewers. The show aired from 1959-1964. Rod Serling also created the show’s spin-off called Night Gallery.
Each episode presented unique stories that led the viewer on a journey into an unknown situation. The characters often revealed their backstories through intense exchanges. Settings ranged from the wild west to penthouse suites. And yet each story took place in the 5th dimension, in The Twilight Zone.
What’s your favorite episode of The Twilight Zone? I asked my readers this today since I knew the blog would hit a bit later. (been busy) I started with mine and the other comments followed
I have several but the first 2 that come to mind are: Willoughby and oddly enough "Jess-Belle" Both episodes inspired my Visionary Fiction genre writing - time travel - dreamworld - paranormal, country witchcraft, shifters.
Adam Joseph Stump “Night of the Meek.” It combines weird/creepy with a genuine hopefulness for humanity and a spirit of human kindness.
Thomas W. Jones "Eye of the Beholder"is one of my favorites, and "To Serve Mankind".
David Boiani “Time enough at last “
Guy Donovan To Serve Man and Time Enough to Read. Both are perfect examples of the classic Twilight Zone twist ending that M. Knight Shyamalan has been going for his whole career and only really succeeded at (wildly, I might add) once.
Chele Pedersen Smith With love from Agnes—( an early computer dating story, by an aggressive computer!) And one where a girl disappears into to a wall
Sandy Fosdick The gremlins on the plan. It's the only time Shatner actually acted
My sister, Margaret Sonnemann lives in Tasmania with her family and many descendants. She's an accomplished painter and cook and photographer. I thought I would post a picture she recently took of something called a Spectra from her bedroom window. No, it's not an alien spaceship, but it certainly could be mistaken for one. It's not atmospheric. It's an art installation at the Museum of Old and New Art. But apparently...
Teasers for the week... The story continues with chapters
Moved by the three women's tragic stories, Marai shepherds them to the Children's Vessel where they might be healed before they go their separate ways. BUT WILL THEY WANT TO LEAVE HIM?
Bone Woman remembers her name was Deka, but the mark of tragedy remains. She knows the rest of the healing is up to her. WILL SHE WANT TO HEAL HERSELF OR GROW IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?
Marai and three now beautiful women pose as a merchant and his wives lost in the wilderness. A new tribe owns the old Wadi Ahu but no one believes their story. They let them stay because: SOMETHING MAGICAL HAPPENS!
Catch up with the excitement. Read Voices in Crystal today https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B081KSKPGB/
When life gives you quarantine go Virtual Which is just what Kali Willows and friends did this year with Kalicon - a Canadian Book seller event. There were 51 participating authors presenting books, playing games, doing takeovers, podcasts, scavenger hunts, Naughty Bingo and many other excitements competing for gift cards and ebooks of all sorts and value. More than sales there were new authors to meet and tutorials to attend. WE came away with all the benefits thanks in part to Andi Lawrencovna and Eniko Tolnai who kept the show moving for five whole days. I did a reading which was a disaster... Not the reading part, but the image was about 90 degrees off and never righted itself on a pre-record. Those who heard it liked it though. Next Time I will master it.
A Podcast Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 3 PM PDTThat's 6 Pm EST Tomorrow I'm being interviewed by Beth Worsdell Author and Writer's Rock! and we'll be talking about my writing on a Live cast. So come and I think ask questions. If you can't come, listen later. It's gonna be fun https://www.facebook.com/events/647128806140231/
I've been busy learning to update my website and have just sent the revised copy of Book 2 (Fixed Grammar and POV the same way I did in Book 1) to Thomas Woldering for edits and formats incase something went off the rails.
That's the old cover and Thomas is designing a new Flower of Life cover to continue the theme begun in Book 4. As soon as this blog is published I'm setting up the Pre-Order for "Ana's Dream of Flying"
I'm working on a new short story for Ghostly Rites (Youth version) and I've started once again writing with the folks at Black Rose. Basically further adventures of some of the characters from Children of Stone but this time in Ancient Greece and there is the god of beer Silenius a shape-shifting satyr who is ... oh just read and maybe write with us...It's an ongoing tale
Last of all a takeover with Mamaw Namid for May
And Now Alex Westmore!
1. What made you want to be a writer?
a. I’d read a bunch of novels and thought…I can do this. I have always believed you should walk the walk…so I did. I wrote 4 terrible novels that I never sent out. My fifth one, I had a friend say two words that changed my life. “Submit something.” So I did. I got a pile of rejections slips…that told me I was at least in the game. That was important. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. So I kept taking them. And finally scored! 2. When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.
a. This August, we will see the prequel to the Echo Branson Series. Echo is an empath and we see her grow from a 14-year-old supernatural to a grown woman… Before an Echo is all about life before she steps onto the bayou.
3. How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?
a. It’s very important. It keeps your mind sharp, helps you see what you like and don’t like, and allows you to learn from others.
4. Do you remember the first book you read?
a. Follow my Leader. My mom did not allow us to read Dr. Seuss because she thought it was gibberish…and we couldn’t read Dick and Jane because Jane was a loser.
5. What book are you reading now?
a. I am re-reading Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story. The ONLY writing book worth reading. It changed my life.
6. How did you come up with the idea for the book or series, especially the title?
a. I love comics. I have a full sleeve tattoo of Storm from the X-Men, so I write the stories I want to read. I create characters I want as friends. Echo and her group of friends have great powers as well as regular issues. Her best friend, Danica, is a fan favorite.
7. Which character do you identify with most in your novel?
a. Dallas from my zombie series. She will go to great lengths to care for her people. I am an ex-cop so I have a bit of a superhero complex in me. -laugh-
8. How many of your books are realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
a. I have the following series:
i. Zombie Apocalypse (with a twist)
ii. Demon Hunter (twisted)
iv. Time Travel
v. Police Mystery
vi. Historical Romance (pirates, arrrgh!)
9. To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
a. I travel because it is the best education. I have been on safari on the back of an elephant. I’ve raced on the back of an ostrich (then ate it after we lost). I’ve raced speedboats in the Caribbean, and catamarans in the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve jumped from an airplane, climbed volcanoes, and lived an amazing life. All of these experiences translate to textured, layered writing.
10. Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.
a. I have 35 novels published because I am not a prima donna about my process. I write while watching movies, tennis matches, or the ocean. I can (and have) write/written during a party, inside, outside, anywhere. I write long hand with a fountain pen so I don’t even need electricity. On the plane to Africa, a 24-hour flight, I wrote 1/3 of a novel. If you want to write a novel…you’ll find a way.
11. Which part of the publishing process do you dislike the most? Which aspect do you love?
a. I love the editing of a novel. I love the actual writing of the first draft. I hate trying to condense a 300-page book into a 300 word back of the book blurb.
12. What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel?
a. Bad editors. Just because you can read doesn’t mean you can edit. Do your homework before shelling out a lot of money for mediocre work.
13. When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
a. Other writers.
14. How do you market your book?
a. Book funnel, going to conventions, social media, and my publisher
15. Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.
a. I get emails every monh. The best thing they have ever said is that my words changed their life. That’s what it’s all about for me. I am a teacher because my job in this world is to change/touch lives.
16. Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?
a. My editor and my publisher. Everyone else can wait until it comes out.
17. Tell us all about your very first book signing.
a. OMG it was so much fun. It was at the ABA and I was seated between Jonathon Kellerman and Dean Koontz. I met Amy Tan, James Earl Jones, and my all-time favorite writer, Clive Cussler. But the BEST part? Shirley Jones, from The Partridge Family asked me to sign my book. Now my line was sooooo short compared to the well-known writers, so I thanked her for getting in my line. Her response is one I will never forget. “Why Linda Kay, I’ve read ALL of your books.” Swoon.
18. Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?
a. Always… but the message is different for every series. For Man Eaters, the message is family is what you make. For Echo, the message is be true to yourself.
19. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
a. I never answer this question because I want readers to see whoever THEY see when they read the books.
20. Is there one writer, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
a. Elizabeth Peters…sadly, she died a few years ago…but my favorite series is the Amelia Peabody series.
21. What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
a. Walking Dead. Killing Eve. Outlander. This is Us. Handmaid’s Tale.
22. What music do you hear in your latest book?
a. Hildegard von Bingen’s O Virga Ac Diadema
23. Do you have hobbies other than writing?
a. Pickleball. Harley riding. Movies movies movies.
24. Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
a. Everything else!
25. You only have 24 hours to live - how would you spend that time?
a. Cuddling with my wife eating ice cream and pizza and watching our favorite comedies.
26. What’s the biggest thing you learned during writing and publishing your first book?
a. To never give up. To always have a dream, and when that dream comes true, to have another one. My next dream is to have a book go to movies.
27. What kind of advice can you give to aspiring authors?
a. Writers write. Everyone else talks about the book they are never going to write.
Tell us how we may get a copy of your book. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, paperback etc.)
My Echo book is available pretty much everywhere online, including direct from my publisher’s website (yes even the Kindle version!) Shattered Echo (by Alex Westmore) – Inspired Quill Publishing All the rest (Pirates, Time Travel, Zombies, Demon Hunters & more!):
Alex Westmore Amazon Page
Social Media Links, etc:
Author Page: https://www.inspired-quill.com/blog/alex-westmore
The Taint of Treason: Morgan’s Tale Book One (A Lilliehaven Epic Fantasy 1) Kindle Edition 4/30/20
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086MV9RJT/by Greg Alldredge (Author) Format: Kindle Edition
Island Heir Kindle Edition by S.I. Hayes (Author), J. Haney (Author) 5/1/20
Super Sorry Kindle Edition by C.A. King (Author) 5/4/20 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084NWZVJ8/
Age of Empyre (The Legends of the First Empire Book 6) Kindle Edition
by Michael J. Sullivan 5-5-20 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0875GMFXW/
AND THAT'S A WRAP... TUNE IN TO THE PODCAST THEN GET TO THE TAKEOVER . THERE'LL BE LOTS TO TALK ABOUT NEXT TIME.