Lindsey Williams's Blog: Random Nonsense

August 20, 2019

Updates!

It’s been a while, fellow humans. But things are happening that could qualify as “newsworthy”, so, enjoy your info dump!

- I’m launching not one, but TWO (!!) businesses within the span of as many months. *cue Watch Me Fall Apart by Hard Fi* But seriously, I’ve been pretty busy, so you’ll excuse my long absence. This on top of needing to replace a laptop as well as a phone has led to sloooww down. I’m coming out of the gate pretty hard though, it’s what I do.

-Print runs of Livelihood and Twisted are coming. I’ll be pedaling my wares! Live and in-person, like a real human. Signed copies will be available. I’ll be throwing my all my scheduled events here.

-I’m building an RV in pursuit of the above. Event! Events galore! The road! Glory! *cackle* Updates about this will be titled “Where’s Jean Grey?”. There may be Youtube involved, idk.

-So. Many. Projects. There will be book release announcements in January-February of 2020. Shit’s happening ya’ll. It’s good shit. You know, if you’ve read my stuff to date. :>

Events schedule:
Sep 28-29 - Mystical Bazaar, Sarasota
Oct 31-Nov 3 – Spooky Empire, Tampa

More coming, so stay tuned!
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Published on August 20, 2019 07:10 Tags: author-events, author-update, horror, livelihood, motherhood, sci-fi, twisted

October 24, 2016

Author Interview - Me

I want to again thank T.S. Dickerson for setting up this round of interviews, which you can see on her website. (They are a little snazzier on her site.)

They are also available on Sarah Buhrman’s site. (Also snazzy.)

If I missed anyone’s site, I will update.

Bio:
Lindsey is a Jane-of-all-trades sort who is passionate about a variety of social issues. When she's not writing, she's been known to engage in numerous forms of self-torture such as participating in debates or translating things into ancient Egyptian. Some of her other hobbies include researching and/or analyzing pretty much everything to death, conducting culinary experiments, listening to really loud heavy metal while relaxing in her pool, and illeism. She can be found at:

Website
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

Name of Story/Stories Included in Twisted:
Fountain of Youth, Rancho Viejo, Scavenger Hunt, Bringing Baby Home

Describe the mood of your story:
There are subversive themes in most of my work, and it definitely applies in all of my stories in Twisted. Things may seem one way, but when you give it a good think, you'll notice elements or little details that can change the way you absorb the narrative. There are always hidden questions, often left for the reader to answer themselves.

Where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
I get most of my inspiration for my stories in dreams. Not sure what that says about me, but I do have some really messed up dreams...

What is your favorite thing about writing horror?
I love writing horror because there are less boundaries, less rules. There is more of an expectation the material is going to be shocking or disturbing, so you can really step outside 'norms' and explore.

What are you working on now?
I'm currently trying to meet my December deadline for my series book two, Livelihood. On top of that I'm also working on 3 other shorts and a sci-fi story, Astralis, which I'm doing as a serial for free on Wattpad.

Other published works?

The only other work I have published that's not being collected in this anthology is Motherhood, a sci-fi horror/thriller.

It has been an absolute pleasure working with all the Twisted ladies of this anthology. Be sure to pre-order your copy, available now on Amazon!

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Published on October 24, 2016 14:25 Tags: author, author-interview, halloween, horror, interview, lindsey-williams, twisted

October 18, 2016

Author Interview - R.G. Westerman

For the second to last Twisted interview, we have R.G. Westerman.

Bio:
R.G. Westerman is a Self-Published Indie Author who previously worked full time as a ghostwriter. She decided she was tired of writing for everyone else and turned hands to keyboard for her own stories. Currently, she lives in Tennessee with her gorgeous husband and two genius children. Her monthly newsletter can be accessed here here, and she runs a book marketing blog here.

Name of Story/Stories Included in Twisted:
The Spectre

Describe the mood of your story:
I like try to write stories which touch on the human condition in some way. At the end of the day we all fear something. I like to poke those fears with a stick and flip the rock over to see what is there.

Where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
From a dream I had as a child.

What is your favorite thing about writing horror?
For my short stories, I don't think I sit down with the sole intention of writing horror. I write the stories, and sometimes they end up being horror. That being said, I like a monster more than any human bad guy ever. Monsters are easy. Monsters are manageable. That's probably why I gravitate towards horror.

What are you working on now?
Currently, I am finishing up the final episode of the Rising Ash Saga, Thorn, which will be available soon on Amazon. I am looking forward to NanoWrimo coming up this November. I can't say what genre I'm writing this time around, but it rhymes with bleampunk.

Other published works?

The Rising Ash Saga Ash:
Ash
Blaze
Eden
Rose

Stay tuned for the last author interview this Thursday, and be sure to pre-order your copy of Twisted!

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Published on October 18, 2016 09:25 Tags: author, author-interview, halloween, horror, interview, lindsey-williams, r-g-westerman, twisted

October 13, 2016

Author Interview – Katherine Bryant

And now back to your regularly scheduled interviews.

Bio:
Katherine Bryant is an author and artist hailing from Minnesota. When she is not busy writing tales of mayhem and adventure or creating miniature monstrosities from wool, she spends her time tending her menagerie and playing too many video games for her own good. As with most humans, you can find Katherine on Facebook and Twitter, as well as her website.


Name of Story/Stories Included in Twisted:
Taste So Good and Progress.

Describe the mood of your story:
Taste is both seductive and gory. Progress has a vibe that could be summed up as decay.

Where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
Taste started out as practice for writing kissing scenes... but I was in a really bad mood when I wrote it, so it turned into its own monster. Progress came from a writing prompt.

What is your favorite thing about writing horror?
I like being able to tap into that messed up part of myself and express it in a way that won't get me burned at the stake. Also, freaking people out is fun. My sweetie wouldn't let me kiss him for a week after he read Taste So Good.

What are you working on now?
Book two of my fantasy novella series Branna's Song and a currently untitled urban fantasy novel.

Other published works?

Branna's Song: The Coldwood Saga is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Stay tuned for more author interviews next week, and be sure to pre-order your copy of Twisted!

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Published on October 13, 2016 14:18 Tags: author, author-interview, halloween, horror, interview, katherine-bryant, lindsey-williams, twisted

Author Interview – Juliet Meredith

*Originally scheduled 10/11/16. Apologies for the delay, I evacuated for Hurricane Matthew so I will be catching up on the Twisted interviews this week.*

Bio:
Writing stories long before I could spell, I first received formal commendation for my writing in the 8th grade ('92/’93) when my student writing portfolio received the highest rating (distinguished) given under the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act. Three years later, I auditioned successfully in creative writing to attend the 1996 Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. This three-week program, considered a flagship of its type in the nation, seeded a love for my generation's voice and an understanding of the art of giving and receiving constructive criticism. I earned my B.A. in English in 2001 from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Four years later, I began adding to my studies in creative writing through MFA-led community classes at what would later become The Muse Writing Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Through moving to Oregon in 2006 and becoming a parent, I've continued my writing in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Freeze Burned is my first short story to be included in an anthology and the first of my writing to be widely published in any way.

Name of Story/Stories Included in Twisted:
Freeze Burned

Describe the mood of your story:
Readers will feel the enormity of what has already happened to the main character Icy within the first few paragraphs of the story. The most physically painful and psychologically scarring parts of her life lay behind her, but the character we meet still has intense "aftershocks" to deal with. I chose her nickname "Icy" for a number of reasons, not the least of which, I felt it worked well with a story that bombards the senses with suggestions of physical coldness. And for readers who manage to avoid getting sympathy chills, they're sure to still break out in goosebumps more than once while weathering the twists and turns.

Where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
I took the NYCMidnight Short Story Challenge in early 2016 and received the following prompt in round two of the competition: Genre - Horror, Character - Smuggler, Plot Point - A Confession. As I drifted off to sleep thinking about what I needed to weave together, Icy's story came to me.

What is your favorite thing about writing horror?
Oddly enough, Freeze Burned represents my first foray into the genre. Up into my late 20's, I remained very susceptible to excessive fear and even sleep disturbances in response to exposure to horror movies. I shunned the genre in every medium. When I received the challenge from NYCMidnight to face this fear of my own, I found the process incredibly cathartic. It also bonded me to my character as she and I were both facing a fear we'd promised ourselves we'd never venture back to. Now that I've tried it once, I can't imagine not writing more in this genre.

What are you working on now?
I have 18 novels I've started writing and none finished. I am currently taking part in the NYCMidnight Flash Fiction challenge, and after completing the second short short for it, I found I had much more of that particular tale (a fantasy) to tell, so in the immediate future, I'll be finishing, editing and workshopping another short story I imagine will fall right in the 4K-word range. November is National Novel Writing Month and I have a tough choice on my hands as to which of my 18 novel starts I'd like to try to finish.

Other published works?
Freeze Burned is the first of my creative writing to be widely published.

Stay tuned for more author interviews next week, and be sure to pre-order your copy of Twisted!

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Published on October 13, 2016 13:58 Tags: author, author-interview, halloween, horror, interview, juliet-meredith, lindsey-williams, twisted

Author Interview – Stacy Overby

*Originally scheduled 10/6/16. Apologies for the delay, I evacuated for Hurricane Matthew so I will be catching up on the Twisted interviews this week.*

Bio:
Stacy Overby works as a substance abuse counselor for teenage boys by day and as a writer by night. Her day job provides inspiration for a number of her stories, including her short stories The Trial of Summer and Karma Incarnate releasing in October 2016. When not at work or writing, she is playing with her son, hiking, camping, or involved in other outdoor activities – as long as it is not too cold.

Name of Story/Stories Included in Twisted:
Karma Incarnate

Describe the mood of your story:
Dark and vengeful.

Where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
Honestly, there were a number of things that came together to create this story. I work with teenagers who have experienced significant trauma. While I have to remain professional at work, inside there have been numerous times I wanted to go out and do evil things to the people who victimized my clients. Another little piece is that I love fantasy and mythology stories, so the idea of abstract concepts, such as karma, being something tangible is pretty appealing to me. Plus, there's magic. Magic is always cool. So, when I set out to write a strong female protagonist's story, it all came together to create Karma Incarnate. Along with a little dose of research to flesh out a few of the concepts.

What is your favorite thing about writing horror?
I love messing with people on a psychological level. That opportunity to get people to look under their beds and over their shoulders is fun. And I enjoy doing it in a way that lets people who struggle with blood and gore have some fun, too.

What are you working on now?
Wow. That's an excellent question. I have a number of projects in the works. Being rather ADHD, I struggle to focus on just one. The two big projects I'm trying to focus on are a futuristic sci-fi novel and an epic fantasy novel. I'm hoping to start querying my futuristic sci-fi novel early next year for publication later next year.

Other published works?
I have a short story called The Trial of Summer coming out in an anthology called Tales from Our Write Side. Unfortunately no links yet, but keep an eye on Amazon as it is being released October 2016.

Stay tuned for more author interviews next week, and be sure to pre-order your copy of Twisted!

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Published on October 13, 2016 13:50 Tags: author, author-interview, halloween, horror, interview, lindsey-williams, stacy-overby, twisted

Author Interview - Bartholomew Aloiscious

*Originally scheduled 10/4/16. Apologies for the delay, I evacuated for Hurricane Matthew so I will be catching up on the Twisted interviews this week.*


Bio:
Bartholomew Aloiscious lives with their spouse, four children, and many pets in Williamstown, Vermont. They enjoy family activities, reading, gaming, television and movies, and cooking.

Name of Story/Stories Included in Twisted:
Blackpool Quarry

Describe the mood of your story:
Blackpool Quarry is dark and suspenseful, typical of an urban legend.

Where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
The inspiration for Blackpool Quarry came from my daily life. My children are teenagers and my spouse works in a granite quarry.

What is your favorite thing about writing horror?
My favorite thing about writing Blackpool Quarry was doing something I had never tried before. I love a challenge. I would eventually like to write in as many genres as possible.

What are you working on now?
My current writing focus is on finishing the novel I have been pecking away at for years. Then I can allow the other stories floating around in my head to have the time and attention they deserve.

Other published works?
I have a very short story on Amazon called Mary Anna's Journal, and some poetry on Prose.

Stay tuned for more author interviews next week, and be sure to pre-order your copy of Twisted!

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Published on October 13, 2016 13:38 Tags: author, author-interview, bartholomew-aloiscious, halloween, horror, interview, lindsey-williams, twisted

September 29, 2016

Author Interview - T.S. Dickerson

For the second Twisted interview, in which the interviewer becomes the interviewee, is a glimpse into the mind of T.S. Dickerson.

Bio:
T.S. is living a dream one day at a time. She loves blogging and reviewing books. She enjoys participating in the Collaborative Writing Challenge's projects and is the Story Coordinator for their sixth novel. She is currently finishing up her first full length novel which is to be released in February.

Name of Story/Stories Included in Twisted:
Initiations

Describe the mood of your story:
Unsettling. I think my character is sort of darkly, deliciously ambitious and that colors the story as well.

Where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
It was actually born from a prompt for a writing competition in an online writer's group.

What is your favorite thing about writing horror?
Giving a nod to the darkness that exists within us all and coming face to face with the grim corners of my own brain in the process.

What are you working on now?
Finishing up my post-apoc romance The Scarring Underneath, CWC projects, and two projects that deal with hauntings.

Other published works?
I had three chapters accepted into CWC's The Map and The Scarring Underneath will be released in February, but nothing is available quite yet. Check out my blog or catch me on Facebook or Twitter for updates!

Stay tuned for more author interviews next week, and be sure to pre-order your copy of Twisted!

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Published on September 29, 2016 13:18 Tags: author-interview, halloween, horror, horror-anthology, horror-books, t-s-dickerson, twisted

September 27, 2016

Author Interview - Sarah Buhrman

I want to start off by saying it has been my pleasure and honor to work with the amazing authors involved in Twisted: A Horror Anthology. A couple of the ladies had the idea to do a round of interviews, so to that end, I will be posting these interviews to my blog here twice a week - schedule permitting - in the weeks leading up to the book release. Enjoy!

The first one goes to Sarah Burhman author of Mirror Mirror. The interview in full, complete with links and cover art, can be viewed at T.S. Dickerson’s blog.

Describe the mood of your story:
Suspenseful, dramatic.

Where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
I had a dream where I was being chased by a mirror that was eating everyone.

What is your favorite thing about writing horror?
I like tapping into the primal emotions of people.

What are you working on now?
Mostly I'm working on The Crystal Wise (sci-fi), Paper Dragons (mid-grade fantasy), The Second Princess (YA fantasy), Fluffy Bunny - Book 2 of the Runespells Series (urban fantasy), and Threadreader - Book 1 of the M.A.G.U.S. Series (steampunk/magepunk fantasy).

Other published works?
Too Wyrd, Book One of the Runespells Series
When Life Happens, Don't Blink
A Little Dream in Issue #1 Dreams Eternal magazine

Stay tuned for more author interviews every week, and be sure to pre-order your copy of Twisted!

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September 19, 2016

On Integrity and Quality

I hit a snag recently in working with one of my peers on a project and it got me thinking. I hope to take this snag and turn it into what you might call a teachable moment. A cautionary tale for indie authors, if you will.

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Long story short, this peer made the decision to use me as some kind of example for why they couldn’t be involved, framing it as some sort of ‘last stand’ for integrity and quality. As if I, or my project, have neither.

So this person decided it would be a good idea/acceptable to passive-aggressively denounce the quality of my work, by telling people their integrity would not allow them to be involved in my project over 'quality concerns'. But was it really so hard to just stop at calling it a matter of creative differences? (Because that's what it was.) Why would they feel the need to do this? To go that step further and make it comparative? Why is this a thing for authors at all?

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On some level, I get it. It may seem like an easy way to make yourself stand out among other indie authors. “Hey! Over here! Look at me! I’m more professional/serious/dedicated/talented/skillful/significant/insert adjective here than X, buy MY books!” But trust me - this way lies madness. DON’T DO IT. Don’t do it privately and definitely don’t do it publicly. It’s a trap. Just stop comparing yourself to anyone altogether, it’s all a monumental waste of time. You are not like anyone else and neither am I. That is the whole point. In the words of author/vlogger/beautiful human Jenna Moreci, “The key is to compare yourself, to yourself." Not to mention, there are so many better ways to stand out as a writer. (Hint: write good, share. Rinse, repeat.)

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Writing is not a zero sum game, and I personally don’t think the path to success is to push other people down to make yourself look better. Aside from my recent situation, I’ve seen authors do this quite often, forgetting that the most obvious but overlooked parts of integrity and quality is that they are active. People can see it for themselves, if they’re looking for it. You don’t prove your integrity or quality by telling anyone who will listen that you have more of it than someone else. That’s not how it works. You can’t just talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. And it’s a brutal, long walk. Don’t make it harder for your peers by vaguely spouting off about how much better you are than them. Let your writing - and your actions - speak for themselves.

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Published on September 19, 2016 08:09 Tags: authors, how-to, indie, integrity, peer-relationships, quality

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