A walk on the roof with Dragonflyers
and Author Scott Tarbet
Rather than “walk,” perhaps it is more appropriate to call this a “dragonflight.” Author Scott E. Tarbet told the story, “The Year of No Foals,” in the fantasy anthology, The Toll of Another Bell. This was where he introduced me to his character, Murphy Hargreaves. I begged Scott to help me get this interview. Murph captured me as soon as he was introduced. He is a “Horse Man” and a horseman. He is the kind of trainer who sleeps in the stables, personally overseeing the care of his horses. He has done that job for as long as he can remember, and he was still doing that job in Dubai, when we met on top of a high rise building. That was his work and his home, right there on the roof. Continue reading
A secret walk through the Nest
with Thaxson Patterson II
Thanks to the generosity of my fellow author, Thaxson Patterson II – and thanks, in no small part, to my security clearance – I was recently able to talk with a scientist at a top-secret research facility.
Mr. Patterson tells the story, “Life Under Research Conditions,” in the fantasy anthology, The Toll of Another Bell. In this story a created bioweapon known as Squid Panther discovers that he may not be a monster, after all. His creator is a bright, demure woman that Squid Panther calls “Dr. Jessica.” Or rather, this is one of the names that he calls her. His other name for her is “Mother.” Continue reading
Today on scotttarbet.timp.net, I am interviewed by steampunk author, and longtime friend, Scott E. Tarbet. Scott and I appear in two Xchyler anthologies together: Shades and Shadows and The Toll of Another Bell. I am also privileged to have one of my poems on the first page of his novel, A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk.
Here are my answers to the Bernard Pivot Questionnaire, just for Scott. Enjoy!
They ring with warbling birdsong. They swim with hazy gossamer wisps, floating under the sun dappled canopy. A waterfall beckons from the north, and it drops down, down, down to the river in the hollow bowl. See the rock face to the west? That is the other half of what used to be one big mountain. They call it the Warbler’s Rock, now. Cerulean Warblers are thick in the trees, and that rock bounces their little voices around just like a concert hall. It’s the best amphitheater in the Appalachians. And they call it the Hollows because . . . ?
Because the Jilted River gutted the earth, and left it standing empty. Continue reading
Are you brave enough to hike to the #jiltedriver? Ask author J. Aurel Guay. I just took him there. Go and check out our conversation.
by J. Aurel Guay
I am pleased to write to you today about an excellent book of short stories. Pleased because this book has just entertained me so well, and because my own story, Jilted River appears under this same cover. Xchyler Publishing’s new Anthology, The Toll of Another Bell, kept me turning pages all the way to the end, and wishing for more.
I could go through the tales one-by-one, in a linear fashion, shooting verbiage at you like a shotgun, but you can do that just as easily by buzzing the Goodreads or Amazon pages. What I have to tell you is my impression of the stories now, fresh on my mind, as a recent reader. Continue reading
A Fantasy Anthology
What have I been doing lately? What has kept me so quiet? Only one thing has the power to silence me, and I promise, it’s important. Today, I am happy to make a birth announcement. My newest creation, Jilted River is available for sale right now. It appears alongside nine other short stories in Xchyler Publishing’s 2015 fantasy anthology, The Toll of Another Bell.
Watch this blog for more about Jilted River, including an interview of me by author J. Aurel Guay, this month. But in the meantime, Want to know more about this amazing book?
Check out the official trailer, on YouTube:
It’s here! Shades and Shadows, a Paranormal Anthology, is selling on Amazon.com.“China Doll,” my first short story, is now in print. It’s been a long journey for just a few thousand words of prose; but fourteen years after I began it, I have finally brought it home.My sincere thanks to Xchyler Publishing for their interest in my work. The editors have burned many hours Continue reading
Writing about writing, on the Xchyler Publishing blog, “Sound-Off Saturday”:
Joining my fellow short story writers and some veteran artists on the blog site of my first publisher. I love watching what creative writers come up with when someone says, “Hey, would you write something about…”
Check out some fun new articles, flash fiction, and see what books are coming up at http://www.xchylerpublishing.com.