Thursday, May 30, 2013

June 1 Meeting

Our June 1, 2013 meeting will be for member readings so please bring something to share or critique. Following group business, members will have a few minutes each to read from a manuscript and receive feedback from the others. There is no scheduled speaker. This time is for members to enjoy and share with each other.

We look forward to hearing your work!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Author Interview: Rebecca Stelly

by Sylvia Ney

Rebecca Stelly is the author of To the World Above (Picture book), RUST (blog novel), Burlap Cat (blog serial), Oscura (blog serial), Red House (blog serial), Bohemians at Large (blog humor articles), and Enthralled.

              Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write Enthralled? If so, tell us about it. While visiting New Orleans, I noticed many of the shops along Bourbon street had second floors that seemed to be used for storage.  I wondered what could be hiding up there, behind those darkened windows, left over from a time when things like slavery and prostitution were legal in the city.  The zombie slave is a staple of local folklore. I feel it neatly embodies the exploited soul. I like to find new ways to present old ideas, or in the case of enthralled, old ways to present new ones. We have taken the vampire ( originally a monster ) and re-imagined it as a hero. Then we took the zombie ( originally a helpless slave ) and re-imagined it as a monster more horrible then any of the rest. This intrigues me. I’d like to give it back to the zombie.

In the past and present century, zombies have been a topic writers have chosen with varying degrees of success. Instead of the pop culture concept such as in Night of the Living Dead. The Zombie in Enthralled is based on the Haitian definition of a zombie as being a corpse who has been reanimated and controlled by magical means. Were the particulars about Sam’s idiosyncrasies based on research findings or your imagination as the author? Both. I’ve done some research. I’ve read some accounts over the years. The role of salt in my story is based on beliefs as well as accounts of how zombie slaves were supposedly controlled. Sam’s obsession with following orders to the point of self injury is just how I chose to interpret the idea of a creature that literally lives to serve. Grave mites however, are my own little pets.

What is your preferred genre of writing? I prefer to work with fantasy, horror, mystery and suspense. As well as with combinations of the three. When dabbling in non-fiction I prefer subjects that are unusual, and people who challenge the concept of normal. In short I am far more interested in what a thing could be, then what it simply is.

What do you think makes a good story? I like a good mystery from an author who isn’t afraid to cast a few spells. Combining mystery and fantasy means anything can happen. Then there is the ending, ideally, it should be even better then the beginning with a twist or two that leaves me wanting more!

What does audio production bring to your story? I think it brings portability and convenience to people who would not other wise have the time. Audio production opens an exciting new door for me. A door I thought was closed to all but musicians. I look forward to having people not just read, but also listen to my stories on their hand held devices.

Do you have other published works or plans to write any novels in the future? I have a blog -  I post a lot of my material there, from humorous articles about renegade art (Bohemians at Large) to short stories and serials. I am also pretty good with colored pencils, I often use my original artwork to illustrate my articles.

What are you currently working on? I am currently in the process of publishing a picture book. “To the World Above” is a deep sea adventure about a fish creature who learns to explore the surface world in a vehicle called an Ultra Marine.

Author Biography: When I was a student struggling through school, my favorite subjects were social studies and history. These lessons resembled stories and involved less actual work then reading, math and writing - which I loathed. Yet it was my writing projects that seemed to impress the teacher when nothing else would. I loved letting my mind wander off on all sorts of adventures, but I really hated having to write them down.  It wasn’t until the last question on that final test - the test that would net me a diploma - that I realized how much my attitude towards writing had changed. I was told to “Write an essay about something you once hated but now love” That something was writing. I was given thirty minutes to finish and scored higher then most of the others taking the test. I wrote several practice novels after graduating, all dealing with magic, and often starring creatures that mainstream media dismissed as “sidekicks” I eventually started a blog, and there found an audience willing to tell me which of my ideas they thought were the best. This improved my work immensely, but I’m most grateful for those friends and family whose efforts make this job easier.

Friday, May 17, 2013

BWG May 19 Meeting

All BWG members are welcome to join us at Books-A-Million on Ryan St. We will meet on Sunday, May 19 @ 1pm to discuss conference plans.

Following the conference committee meeting, all members are welcome to stay and discuss other BWG plans or their current work in progress.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

BWG at Children's Fun Day

Photos courtesy of Cindy Stelly

Rebecca Stelly representing BWG at the Children's Fun Day at the Convention and Visitor's Bureau on Saturday, May 4.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Willis Abshire Book Signing

Willis Abshire during a book signing for The Curse, the Diary, and the Cross. To learn more about him, you can read his interview here.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Zoo by Tara Elizabeth

A chronicle of my time living in a zoo . . . I'm not really sure where to start, and you may have trouble believing me even as I tell you my story. My family did. They laughed the first time I told them, so now I just say it was all a crazy dream. You see, I died in a totally preventable car accident . . . or so I thought. When I opened my eyes, I was shocked to discover that I had been resurrected into the year 2282 and, just as unbelievably, was locked up in a zoo! A HUMAN ZOO! Oh wait, I mean the People's Past Anthropological Center.

The Global Government created the Centers because all of the different cultures of the world had, over centuries of time, slowly absorbed into one uniform culture. Everything and everybody felt the same, and the world didn’t like it. So, to help the people of 2282 find cultures they thought worthy to live their lives by, they used time travel to zap the people of the past into the future. They created enclosures to house their live human exhibits. And that's what happened to me. I became a research project, a source of entertainment. I was a prisoner who was over two hundred years away from my family and friends.

Most of my time in the enclosure was spent trying to escape. I also made friends, lost friends, fell in love, was betrayed, was held captive within captivity, and lots of other fun stuff. There were some shocking moments and some devastating moments . . . It’s a lot to recount, but I’ll try my best to tell you all about my time travel . . . PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.

I'm Emma, by the way.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Taylor Anne's (Debbie Sonnier) new book Heat Flash came out last week and can be found on Amazon.

HEAT FLASH blurb by Taylor Anne (aka Debbie Taylor Sonnier)
When FBI agent Mason Black left Kendall Reed without warning, it devastated her, but she managed to bounce back. Now on the run from a maniacal stalker, she must learn to trust the man who betrayed her in the past.

Dealing with his own insecurities and secrets, Mason will do anything to protect Kendall from the dangerous lunatic terrorizing her. But the bigger threat may be the one Kendall poses to his heart. Scared of Kendall's reaction if she learns the truth about him, Mason puts his own problems and emotions on hold to find her stalker.

But when Kendall's life is threatened, he has no choice but to risk body and soul--and even his heart--to save her.