Bite Sized Interview with Author J. Rudolph!

image1This week on THE KATY, I am helping celebrate the release of the anthology “Bite Sized Offerings,” which many authors wrote to help pay for a little girl’s medical bills. This coming Saturday (9/5) from 12PM- 10PM CST, is the “Bite Sized Offerings” release party on Facebook! Join the event here! In preparation for this awesome party for such a wonderful cause, I am interviewing several authors from the anthology. (Check out the other interviews here)

You can buy “Bite Sized Offerings” here on Amazon!

Today’s author for my Bite Sized Interview is author J. Rudolph.

You can find out more about J. Rudolph on her website, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter.

Thank you for joining me here on THE KATY today, J. Rudolph! Let’s get this party started!

How did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

I liked to read a lot but I was always looking for a story that didn’t exist. One day I decided to try writing it myself and then one thing led to another.

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Any people, books, or movies that inspired you to pursue your dream?

The whole KDP thing is what really got me going. The idea that I could write a story like all of these other indies was so exciting.

Are you a plotter or a panster?

I’m a bit of both. I keep my outlines loose so if the story migrates a different direction I can run with it.

How did you start writing dystopian?

I am an end of the world kind of girl. I love the idea of the worst case possible and making it anyway.

What does the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans group on Facebook mean to you?

I love interacting with fans. That’s the best part of being a writer, getting to meet other people and hearing their stories.

Are you self published?

I started self publishing back in 2012, when the world was going to end, and signed with Winlock Press at the end of 2014.

Why did you choose to go this route?

I wanted to be true to the story and indie writing gave me the freedom to be able to. Later I found a publisher who was willing to take the trip with me.

Can you tell me about any of your recent projects?

Currently I am wrapped up in rereleasing The Reanimates. Book one is out and book two is ready to go live very soon!

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How did you get involved with “Bite Sized Offerings?”

I met Mysti a couple of years ago and learned about her daughter. Turns out Emalee is my biggest fan, she even dressed up as Cali for Halloween! Emalee and I share a fondness for the apocalypse and something else– I started out as a pediatric nurse who fell in love with the heart and transferred into the heart unit. Us heart gals gotta stick together!

Can you tell us a little bit about your role in the anthology?

I wrote Survivor Sage, a story about a brother and sister who have each other’s back for ever. And for fans of The Reanimates, there is an update on one of the characters that I’ve been asked about.

What do you see as a future? Are zombies a possibility?

Zombies are always a possibility.

Do you have a favorite zombie book, movie, or show?

I don’t really have a fave. If there are zombies I’m in!

Thank you for joining me on THE KATY today! OnE More exciting interview for “Bite Sized offerings” tomorrow!

Bite Sized Interview with Lori Fontanez and ES Oakes!

Lori Fontanez

Lori Fontanez

ES Oakes (Sara Jones)

ES Oakes (Sara Jones)

This week on THE KATY, I am helping celebrate the release of the anthology “Bite Sized Offerings,” which many authors wrote to help pay for a little girl’s medical bills. This coming Saturday (9/5) from 12PM- 10PM CST, is the “Bite Sized Offerings” release party on Facebook! Join the event here! In preparation for this awesome party for such a wonderful cause, I am interviewing several authors from the anthology. (Check out day one’s interview here)

You can buy “Bite Sized Offerings” here on Amazon!

Today’s author for my Bite Sized Interview are authors Lori Fontanez and Sara Jones (also known by pen name ES Oakes)!

You can find ES Oakes on her author website, Facebook, and her editing services website.

Thank you for joining me here on THE KATY today, Lori and Sara!

HOW DID YOU DECIDE THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER?

Lori: I decided I wanted to be a writer a very long time ago. I  just never knew how to bring it to life.
Sara: I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I remember wanting to be one since fourth grade. As I grew up, people and teachers would encourage me to write, but I was afraid to put anything “out there” for fear of rejection.

 

ANY PEOPLE, BOOKS, OR MOVIES THAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE YOUR DREAM?

Lori: This great group of people I met on Facebook opened it up for me. ATZ Jeff Clare had me submit a short zombie story for an anthology, “A Very Zombie Christmas.” It was accepted and then I started writing more short stories for a few anthologies.

Sara: All books I’ve read inspired me. The one person I give credit to for me finally coming out of my writer’s shell is John O’Brien, author of the New World Series. He asked for some fan fiction, so I gave it a shot (I was super scared, though). My story had a lot of good feedback, which gave me the courage to keep writing.

ARE YOU SELF PUBLISHED?

Lori: I haven’t been self published yet, I am still getting my name out there. The groups are very supportive and that makes it easy.

Sara: Yes, I’m self published. Why? I’m so new at this and have no idea how to go through a publisher. I’m not really sure I’d want to. I like self-publishing.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT ANY OF YOUR RECENT PROJECTS?

Lori: My recent projects  are coming along. The Closet is a ghost story, I’m working on the rewrites right now. I also have a  story  called Mirrors. and a zombie story called Zombie hells.

Sara: I spend a LOT of time editing books for others. I love it! With that said, I need to manage my time better so I can finish a WIP that is only at about 50K words. I have a short story coming out soon in an anthology. It’s not dystopian… just sort of creepy.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH “BITE SIZED OFFERINGS?”

Lori: I spoke with Sara about a way to help Mysti. I would do anything to help her! Sara and I chatted and we decided to do it. Sara was amazing through the whole process. She did all the hard work.

Sara: How I got involved and my role: I’m the co-developer; Lori had the idea and we ran with it. I’m also the editor.
I also co-wrote two of the stories…one under my pen name and one under my real name. The one with my real name was co-written with my brother, so that was fun!

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS A FUTURE? ARE ZOMBIES A POSSIBILITY?

Lori: Zombies are a possibility, I  feel as though what could be next . We had cavemen, dinosaurs etc…why not zombies?

Sara: Hmm… I suppose anything is possible. I’m more worried about financial collapse and what would happen if the power grid went down than I am about zombies.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ZOMBIE BOOK, MOVIE, OR SHOW?

Lori: I am a die hard TWD fan. I was hooked when I read Mark Tufo Zombie fallout series. His book was the first zombie  I had ever read. I Love all of his books.

Sara: Too many great zombie books to mention. Since I edit and/or proof for a lot of the authors, it’s sort of like asking me to pick my favorite son. The Walking Dead, of course, is my favorite TV show and what got me into reading zombie fiction.

WHAT DOES THE BAND OF DYSTOPIAN AUTHORS AND FANS GROUP ON FACEBOOK MEAN TO YOU?

Lori: The band of dystopian authors are very talented. I love shelbi Westcott books. Love the way we group together and have contests.  The authors are very supportive and get their books out there.  Shelbi Westcott was my first dystopian book I’ve read. I won the second book in a contest. I bought the first book from her. Now I’m hooked.

Sara: BOD has cool shirts. But more than that, I see BOD as a great way to meet authors and readers of the genre. The group is fun, inclusive, and well run.

THANKS AGAIN FOR THE AWESOME INTERVIEW FOR A GREAT CAUSE! JOIN ME TOMORROW FOR ANOTHER GREAT BITE-SIZED INTERVIEW!

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Bite Sized Interview with Author Veronica Smith

Veronica Smith - Bio pic with monkeyThis week on THE KATY, I am helping celebrate the release of the anthology “Bite Sized Offerings,” which many authors wrote to help pay for a little girl’s medical bills. This coming Saturday (9/5) from 12PM- 10PM CST, is the “Bite Sized Offerings” release party on Facebook! Join the event here! In preparation for this awesome party for such a wonderful cause, I am interviewing several authors from the anthology.

You can buy “Bite Sized Offerings” here on Amazon!

Today’s author for my Bite Sized Interviews is author Veronica Smith! You can find
Veronica on Facebook here.

Thank you for joining me here on THE KATY today, Veronica!

How did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved reading and grew up with Nancy Drew and such. I started writing my own “detective series” when I was 12 or 13. I started at last 3 or 4 of them but never kept it up. Since then I’ve always wished it kept it up and finally started doing it.

Any people, books, or movies
that inspired you to pursue your dream?

Stephen King was my first experience with horror so naturally I idolized him when I was younger. Then my genre slid over to post-apocalyptic when I read The Stand and Robert McCammon’s Swan Song.

Are you a plotter or a panster?

I’m little of both. My short stories are usually spur of the moment. I’ve written whole stories on my commute home from work and had to type it out quickly when I got home. But my novella was kind of planned out. I type out all the info I want that I think is important at the top of the first page then as I get to that part in the novella I delete it. An unorganized outline if you will.

How did you start writing dystopian?

I’m a closet “wanna be” prepper. I want to have everything prepared but can’t afford it most of it. But imagining what I would do makes for great stories.

What does the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans group on Facebook mean to you?

I’ve discovered so many variations of Dystopian in all the new books that I’ve discovered in that group. I beta read and buy so many that I’ve read a variety. I’ve made a lot of great friends too.

Are you self published?

Working on that right now. My novella, Chalk Outline, is finished and formatted but I have to finished a last round of edits then see how to publish it myself. This is a new step for me.

Why did you choose to go this route?

A lot of my writer friends do both and I’ve seen that they seem happy with what they choose. I want to try it and see if I can do and market it myself.

Can you tell me about any of your recent projects?BitesizedOfferings

I actually have quite a few short stories that are already out there and about to be out there. The ones I have already published are A Very Zombie Christmas (A Zombie Christmas) and a story in Grynn Anthology. Besides Bite Sized Offerings (The Tree House), I have several others that should be published on or around Halloween: Crossroads in the Dark (Fate and Destiny), Twisted Tales Tea Party (Traveling Nightmares), 50 Shades of Slay (Sunday Morning and The Cat Lady), Edge of Darkness (The Lottery Ticket), New Year’s Day (Countdown) this one is slated to come out on January first.

How did you get involved with “Bite Sized Offerings?”

I’ve been friends with Mysti and Lori for a while and when Lori told me her idea I jumped in immediately. It has grown and I’m so honored to be a part of it.

Can you tell us a little bit about your role in the
anthology?

My story is called The Tree House and it’s about a group of kids surviving the zombie outbreak in their tree house.

What do you see as a future? Are zombies a possibility?

I know everyone says they secretly wish for a zombie apocalypse but not me. I know that if it were to really happen humanity wouldn’t stand a chance. Every day I see the news and the things I hear make me have doubts about our future. It does seem sometimes that our country is going the way of many of the books I read.

Do you have a favorite zombie book, movie, or show?

It’s a toss up on the show – I love both The Walking Dead and Z Nation. Movie would have to be Dawn of the Dead – sorry I love the remake though. Zombie book is easy. Adrian’s Undead Diary by Chris Philbrook. His series really got me into the zombie genre to start with.

Thanks again for the awesome interview for a great cause! Join me tomorrow for another great bite-sized interview!

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Zombie Hoard Attacks 42 Lounge or Halloween 2014

Halloween was amazing. My cousins (Nicole and Natalie) and I went to Milwaukee’s 42 Lounge, a geek club. We got ready at my apartment beforehand, which was fun too! Before they arrived (they live in Illinois) I started the process. I created a leg gash a few weeks before that I applied again to myself. I am so thankful that I saved the leg gash. It took me two hours to create, apply, and enhance with makeup the first time so I was able to save a lot of time this go around. After that, I applied my face piece I created a few weeks ago as well. I learned from my previous mistake of adding too much extra “flesh” around my mouth when I practiced applying the mouth gash the week before Halloween. It was too hard to talk, eat, and drink with that much face covered and it looked less real. As I was applying blood to my wounds, my cousins arrived already partially zombified. Nicole was a hippy zombie” complete with bell bottoms adorned with butterflies. Natalie was a business woman zombie with a ripped suit. We were an awesome hoard of zombies. They set to work bloodifying themselves with my arsenal of makeup and I applied a ghastly hand wound to each of us with liquid latex and kleenex. I should have taken “before” and “after” photos, but we really wanted to get to the club ASAP. This was my first halloween out since I had kids! I wanted as many hours among actual adults. I completed my costume with ripped jeans, moccasins, a ripped and burned plaid shirt, hipster glasses, and a t-shirt that read “I Liked Brains Before they Were Cool.” In retrospect I should’ve made the text a LOT bigger so people wouldn’t have to squint at my chest to read my shirt, but it is still a cool shirt. It was too dark to take photo at 42 lounge, but we saw some awesome geek costumes including several characters from “Adventure Time”, some steampunk people like a steampunk Scout Trooper complete with working switches and lever, and many other geek eye candy. I got many compliments for my makeup, which felt awesome. Someone even asked if we were going to start attacking people because we were so obviously infected. My friend Caitlin and her boyfriend, Eric joined us as pirates. (See us attacking her in one of the photos) We had a great time, even when the DJ switched from dance music to the theme song from Tetris. Oddest mix of all time.

Happy Halloween!

Finally Friday!

It’s been both a long and short week. I don’t know how that works, but it does! More importantly, I was astonished to see that I haven’t written a post in over a year. Oops.

Moving right along….I joined an awesome Facebook group called Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans. This is an awesome group of people, some of them bestselling authors, who all share many of the same interests and ideals. Our moderators keep us entertained with discussion questions, giveaways, and random commentary. Every has been a team player so far and the atmosphere is welcoming and encouraging. I recommend it to anyone who loves dystopian literature.

Since it is October, I am costume planning for both the boys and myself. I want Tristan to be Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon and Graham will be Hiccup. I am pretty excited about their costumes since I don’t think they’ll be too difficult, yet look awesome. Plus, they can re-wear them for Graham’s HTTYD party in December. I will be sort of sad when they want to choose their own costume ideas. 😉

Here are my preliminary drawings for the boys’ costumes. I really wanted to make him the Hiccup costume from HTTYD 2 because it’s awesome, but I think it’ll be too tight for his big ol’ belly and too much work and detail for something he is going to outgrow soon. Instead, I’ll make it for me sometime. Instead, Graham can be Hiccup from the first movie. The costume will be a lot simpler. I doubt he’ll keep the helmet on his head, but I can make a strap for it to attach to his back or just go with a shield instead. Other than that I just need brown boots, fur vest, green shirt, and a belt. Easy!

2014-10-08 13.37.39imageToothless will be a little trickier, but I’m connect the entire thing to a black zip-up hoodie to make is a little easier. I’m hoping to use painted pushlights for the eyes so they actually light up. I have various black materials to create scales. I’m excited about the clawed hands because I hope he can wear them all winter as gloves. I’m collecting supplies and starting this weekend. Wish me luck!

My costume is not going to be too hard. I’m going to begin practicing with FX makeup. I’m a big fan of the show FaceOff on SyFy and am beginning to collect my own makeup kit. I’ll be a steampunk zombie for Halloween so I can focus on makeup. I already have some outfits in my closet that can qualify as steampunk so I’ll wear that and layer item and gross zombie effects on top.

Photos to come.