Bill Craig~Above the Cut~

Published November 13, 2018 by paulandpaulasbooks

 

 

Bill Craig has been a serious writer for more than nineteen years and has been published one hundred and three times.  His current book on the market, including in Walmart, is the Night Stalker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He is presently working on The Runaway Redhead; I am reading another one of his,  The Adventures of Hardluck Hannigan: Emerald Death (Book 1)

A review upon completion of reading will be linked to the following interview.

 

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was about 6 years old when I realized I could write better stories than what I was reading at the time.  My first attempts were horrible, but I kept at it.

     2. How long does it take you to write a book?  

It depends, but usually 6-7 weeks.

 

     3. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I have been writing for 2 hours a night every day without fail for the past 19 years.

 

    4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?  

I like to let the characters take over and drive the story.  And sometimes I will talk and argue with my characters if I don’t like where they are headed.

 

    5. How do books get published?  

I started out in self-publishing, but a friend that used to work for Harlequin put me in touch with a publisher in Key West and they liked my stuff.  I am working with them exclusively now.

 

    6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I get a lot of my ideas from the news.  Sometimes from other magazine articles and non-fiction books. Sometimes just from watching people on the street, sometimes from a photograph that captures my imagination.

 

    7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?  

I was in my mid-thirties when I wrote my first full novel, and honestly, it wasn’t very good.  So I started reading other authors with a critical eye and figured out how to do better. Valley of Death was my first published novel, featuring Chicago Cop and ex-CIA operative Jack Riley.

    

    8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am a voracious reader. I also spend a lot of time raising my 13-year-old son, his dog and our two cats. I love to sing Karaoke when I feel like getting out.
    9. What does your family think of your writing?
I think it made my parents proud, and Jack thinks it’s cool unless I threaten to tell his creative writing teacher. Then it’s “Don’t do that, they will expect too much from me!”
    10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I would have to say how much fun it is to kill off my ex-wives over and over again.
    11. How many books have you written?
I have written over 103 books and anthologies at this point in time.
    Which is your favorite? 
C’mon that like asking a parent which child is their favorite! If I had to choose, I would say probably Sam Decker. There is a lot of me in him.
    12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer?
Write every day without fail. Don’t skip a day because skipping costs you discipline and good writers are disciplined writers. If so, what are they? Read the type of things that you like to write, but with a critical eye. See what works and what doesn’t and then apply them to your own writing style.
    13. Do you hear from your readers much?
Sadly not as much as I would like. I love reader feedback.
One of the best compliments I ever got was a reviewer who said my style reminded her of the late Robert B. Parker.
    14. Do you like to create books for adults?
Yes, I do. But I also like to write for a very general audience. Graphic blood and violence, but usually with some sort of implied moral.
    15. What do you think makes a good story?
A good Story is only as good as the characters and how much they make you care about what happens to them.
    16. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I actually wanted to be a writer growing up. I wrote a number of short stories in high school, usually, for the amusement of my friends, one which was mentioned to me at my 40th Class reunion this past summer was a whiskey drinking vampire called Count Drunkula. And yes, there were many very bad puns involved there.

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Robert W. Walker~Above The Cut~Satanipedes

Published October 25, 2018 by paulandpaulasbooks

Satanipedes was BETA read by me during a time of deep grief leaving a great story naked of my review,

Satanipedes engulfed me in a world of mutant arthropods on a horror level equivalent to any King novel with ordinary into terror. This is number 8 in Walker’s BLOODSCREAMS  series.  I am sorry that I’ve not yet read the books preceding this one because once I find a series I can get into, I always hope it is number one.  Want something to read that sort of reminds you of King yet goes over the edge into real possibilities, then get into this series with hero Archeologist and Vampire Slayer, Dr. Abraham Stroud.

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And, now for the kicker into those possibilities, Centipedes, the household variety are poisonous as are all of them but more painful to most and not deadly.  Recently what Robert W. Walker birthed into horror found its counterpart in reality.

 

Upon sharing this post with Robert W. Walker, his response was, “Holy shit! I thought Satanipedes was imaginary!!”

My response was, “I just hope you are not the one writing them into actually being. This was one hellish read.”

Walker and I totally agree, “I’d love to see Satanipedes as a film. Wicked.”

The actor on the cover is Robert W. Walker‘s cousin, Dennis Hindmon of Chicago.

To see all the title covers you go to Amazon/Kindle and seek it out as Bloodscreams Satanipedes

 

 

 

 

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Sudipta Dasgupta~Above the Cut~The Artist

Published October 14, 2018 by paulandpaulasbooks

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I became friends  with Sudipta Dasgupta AKA Steve on Facebook several years ago but as it was a time of upheaval in my life, I knew him only in passing.

This year, my resistance to accepting the seasonal change from Summer to Fall, brought him onto one of my postings where he declared he would gladly live in a Fall world, 365 days a year.  Asking, “why?”  He showed me:

GeeseTo become a student at the Highlight’s Foundation, Steve Dasgupta needed to prove his talent.  This picture is what assured him of a 50% scholarship and a place in class to perfect his skills.

The following picture is a close up of the pond area to the right of the geese ~  you can see dragon flies in detail by clicking on the picture.

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This lovely Fall picture below is background to a multitude of  possibilities ~ check out the artist at Dasguptarts


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I’m Sudipta Dasgupta,  AKA Steve, in the arena of artworks – born to do illustration alongside my passion for painting.  I severed ties with the dreaded curricula of my science courses in some forlorn time. I shook hands with the dream that I always dreamed – to become an artist and to do my work every minute, every hour of my life. I ensured my life would take this course for today, tomorrow and for all time to come. My passion is my profession. I enjoy creating all forms of illustration while staying true to my love of painting as well.  To read all click on Dasguptarts

 

Don’t forget Halloween is fast approaching and a lovely silhouette is showcased below

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Coming in the following months, Book illustrations, nudes, and oils

 

 

 

The Haunting of Gospall~Above The Cut~Solomon Strange

Published October 14, 2018 by paulandpaulasbooks

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Straight up, I tend to fall into stories, walking side by side with characters, so I seldom pick up and do horror.  I did, and lily-liver-ed soul I am, I slowly read this book only in the morning hours.

Reading supernatural when one lives with it, still makes for a terror filled read. My home has several relatively recent ghosts, people I loved in the flesh and truly do not want to see mist into solid form.  And, so far they have only conversed with my daughter-in-law who handles the phantasms in her matter of fact stride.

So morning reading and experiencing the horror of exorcism, deaths supernatural but declared natural, dead men walking, no, stalking, is a story line to send me off looking for any but this to read.  But, no, the writing is concise, compelling, and commanding completion.

This book covered all the bumps in the night and more so.  If a horror book makes you gasp and go back for more,  The Haunting of Gospall is it; and the good part is, Halloween is approaching for a good read and this is it in this genre.

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Solomon Strange ~Above the Cut~

Published October 6, 2018 by paulandpaulasbooks

Solomon Strange, I know is a pseudonym, but I know him as Solomon as do his fans. We have been on each others Facebook pages for several years but only recently connected and got to be friends.  He is the first author to do ninety-nine percent of my layout for this posting.  I should not be surprised at his meticulousness because of his thorough research for the book I am presently reading, The Haunting of Gospall. 

I am not into horror, but the story line intrigued me.  My review will be connected to this site next week.  Please keep in mind, any errors you find in spelling are not; but rather are British English – as the Brits would say – the correct English.

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When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed books and stories. When I was a kid my dad would sit with the family around the fire and tell us ghost stories. It was a wonderful experience and fuel for my imagination.

But life takes us on very different paths from what we expect. After leaving school at sixteen to work as an apprentice hairdresser, and qualify, I progressed on to part time teaching. I graduated through Manchester University and attained a BA in Education which later helped me pen my novels.

How long does it take you to write a book?

The Haunting of Gospall took a couple of years because of research into naval history, exorcisms and voodoo folklore. Normally I could write a novel within 6-9 months. But it all depends on the type of novel and most importantly the deadline.

How do books get published?

That’s an interesting question. I would say through persistence, determination and a fair bit of luck and reaching out to other authors. I’m fortunate enough to have a number of friends and acquaintances who are best selling authors. I have gained a lot of knowledge from their expertise. Always be willing to listen and learn and never think that you are the finished article.

Remember every author experiences rejection but the key is keep trying and never give up!

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Anywhere and everywhere. It could be watching a movie, reading a story or real life event. In fact I had to drop a chapter from my latest novel The Haunting of Gospall because it came very close to a real terrorist attack. Fiction can sometimes mirror reality in the strangest of ways.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to read. Supernatural and horror are my favourite.

A healthy body is a healthy mind, so I like to exercise at the gym a couple of times a week.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

To become an astronaut but that didn’t work out.

I’ve always had a vivid imagination inspired in no small way because of my love of horror and supernatural movies. I used to sit watching all of the old black and white Universal Pictures, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, Dracula etc. I think in reality I would have enjoyed working in movies, not acting though, more on the creative side of things. I find it amazing how the mind can come up with an idea, a thought that can become a great story or blockbuster movie.

One of the most surprising things in creating my book?

It was published through Telos Publishing. They are a fabulous group of people and have published a wide variety of works, including an acclaimed range of original novellas based on Doctor Who and many cult TV and film subjects. They are perhaps the UK’s best-known independent publishers of Doctor Who books.

Despite its title The Haunting of Gospall is not a ghost story in the traditional sense but it does merge real life events such as historic naval battles, accounts of exorcisms and demonic possession. Regarding personal experience, I based the character of Maria Kokoschka on an acquaintance who is indeed a psychic medium.

I was thrilled to be endorsed by best-selling authors Tim Lebbon (Relics), Paul Finch (best-selling DS Heckenburg series), Sam Stone (Award winning Vampire Gene Series), Steven Savile (Glass Town and Parallel Lines), Paul Lewis (Small Ghosts) and have an introduction by the fabulous Steve Lockley.

I also have some exciting news that I can’t share at the moment.

What do you think makes a good story?

For me a really good horror story relies on terrific suspense. There have been a few occasions when I have gotten into a novel that has that compelling feel, you know what I mean, wanting to turn over one page after another but then it fizzles out towards the end. I find that soul destroying. It’s also important to have a connection with the characters and fear for them when the time is right. If you can genuinely feel fear or pain for someone in the book then you cannot help but be sucked in. The challenge of the horror genre is to successfully stretch the readers feelings of safety and sanity by pushing the boundaries of fear, dread and helplessness whilst making it believable. It is not just about blood, guts, gore and gratuitous violence. It is a combination of elements that hooks them.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

It is important to work through the writing process in a sequence of steps, prewriting, drafting, revising, editing. Professional editing is essential. It not only ensures that the work is polished, it is one of the things that will have a massive impact on reader comfort and book sales.

Here are some links:

Unfortunately, my website is down at present. I’m having it redesigned.

Amazon U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/Solomon-Strange/e/B007BEIS9S/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1534863093&sr=1-2-ent

Amazon U.K.: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Solomon-Strange/e/B007BEIS9S/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1534863000&sr=1-2-ent

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Visit Amazon.co.uk’s Solomon Strange Page and shop for all Solomon Strange books. Check out pictures, bibliography, and biography of Solomon Strange

Telos Publishing: https://telos.co.uk/shop/horror-dark-fantasy-and-science-fiction/haunting-of-gospall/

 

Email: solomonstrange@hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: @solomonstrange

 

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Yuletide Happily Ever Afters~Hell has Frozen Over~Above the Cut~Annabelle Anders

Published September 28, 2018 by paulandpaulasbooks

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yuletide happily Ever Afters coverI will be back to update as I read all the stories. I love being a BETA reader and I love it more when the stories engage.

Hell has Frozen Over by Annabelle Anders which starts at 5627 and ends at 6982 on my desktop Kindle

Absolutely loved the story! Second chances are great at any age. Our spirits stay young while our bodies age. The urges, fears, and hopes never die. Thank you for recognizing this and putting it into prose.

Our Annabelle Anders is sporting a new look – A Diamond of the First Water

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