Lindsey R. Loucks

Author of Romance and Other Scary Things

13 Questions & A Head Full of Ghosts w/ @paulGtremblay

Hey, peoples! Winter is the perfect reading time because it’s too cold to do much else (seriously, why don’t humans hibernate?), and I’ve been doing A LOT of reading!

One book that has skyrocketed to Unforgettable status was Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts. You can see my full review here, but to summarize, I’ll never be the same person I was before I read this book!

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I reached out to Paul on Twitter to gush at him, and he’s such a cool, classy dude, that he responded back! Not all authors do that. :( (Side note – I’m a happy-go-lucky author, so you can totally hit me up on social media!)

Anyway, I asked Paul if he would be willing to be interviewed, and he said YES! Fangirl squee!!! Read on!

Me: Hey, Paul! You’re on the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards, an author who was (and still is) amazingly badass. What’s your favorite Shirley Jackson novel or short story…and go!

Paul: She’s the best! My favorite Jackson novel is WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE. Merry’s name is certainly a hap-tip to Merricat Blackwood. My favorite short story is “The Intoxicated.” It’s such a wonderfully understated social missive and quite frightening as well. I wrote a bit about Jackson and “The Intoxicated” here: https://thelittlesleep.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/shirley-jackson-an-appreciation/

Me: We Have Always Lived in the Castle is good! I haven’t read “The Intoxicated”, but I’ll remedy that! Moving on, have you or have you not ever been possessed by a demon?

Paul: I have not. As far as I know. Maybe I’ve been possessed my whole life. That would be weird, eh?

Me: Why do you suppose that is?

Paul: Because there’s no such thing as demons and possession. *knock on wood*

Me: If you say so. Your portrayal of an eight-year-old girl is astonishingly accurate. How did you come up with the character of Merry?

Paul: Thank you! I do think that writing kids is a strength of mine. Many of my short stories (and novels for that matter) are from the point of view of children or parents dealing with children. I’ve been a high school teacher by day for a long time and I’ve never really left school-year calendar. So I live like a kid still. And, my daughter was a great model for Merry. She was the same age as Merry when I was writing the book and much of her shenanigans (and my son’s too) made it into the book.

Me: Very cool. A Head Full of Ghosts is on its way to the big screen. (Yay!!!) What’s that like? Will you be involved in the production of the movie at all?

Paul: It’s in development and hopefully it makes it to production and the big screen. Regardless, the possibilities and process so far has been exciting, and kind of surreal. I won’t be officially involved but the two screenwriters chat with me and keep me in the loop, which is a lot of fun. I rewarded them with immortality by combining them into a single character in a short story that I just wrote. Nothing nice really happens to their characters, so, I’m not sure how rewarded they feel. Wait, I’ll tell them how they should feel….

Me: Do you watch much reality television?

Paul: Not so much these days. I used to watch many of the faux-science reality shows mentioned in the novel. And I’ll admit that I used to watch Survivor all the time.

Me: You’re a very friendly author. Please explain.

Paul: I’m possessed by a demon and I want to infect as many other people as possible.

That’s nice of you to say. We writers are stuck in our own heads so much of the time it makes sense to me to try to be social and have fun online. But I do have my enemies. I have a list!

Me: I have a list, too, and one day my enemies will be made into characters in my books! *insert evil laugh* What kind of research did you do regarding exorcisms? Google? Interviews? A combination of both?

Paul: Aside from a life spent watching horror movies and reading books I did all my research online. I really don’t enjoy research. Feels like work. It is work! I’d rather make it all up. But I did research the text of the catholic rite and other oddities related to exorcism.

Me: Do you have any weird writing quirks?

Paul: I use the blood of my aforementioned enemies as ink!

Nah, nothing weird that I’m aware of. Maybe that I frequently write to the soundtrack of the movie Ravenous. I don’t know if it’s weird but regardless if it’s a novel or short story, I start writing in the beginning and work my way though in order to the end. I never skip ahead or around and write scenes out of their order. Sometimes I wish I could be more free-flowing like that. And sometimes I wish my keyboard was made of chocolate.

Me: Hmm, a chocolate keyboard…I think I’ll go with intravenous chocolate instead! Do you consider yourself a pioneer or a settler? Why?

Paul: Settler. I hate moving. It’s the worst.

Me: Fair enough. What kind of jobs have you had, and which one do you miss the most?

Paul: For most of my adult life I’ve been a math teacher and coach (JV high school basketball, middle school football). In my younger days I worked as a material handler on a Parker Brothers assembly line, unloaded trucks filled with toys and games, spent two weeks testing a Nintendo game that never made it to market (Drac’s Night Out), and the worst job was being part of a clean-up crew at a Kraft food service warehouse. I don’t really miss any of those jobs, and I don’t miss the one I currently have.

Me: What are you going to do right after this interview?

Paul: Either continue reading Stephen Graham Jones’s forthcoming novel MONGRELS or continue to pick through my last pass pages for Disappearance at Devil’s Rock.

MeWhich comes out June 21st, people! Don’t forget it! What’s your favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise?

Paul: I try not to drink it much anymore, but Coke. Not Pepsi. Pepsi sucks. I’m a recent tea convert as well. Some kind of flavored black tea works. With honey. And then there’s beer. I’ve been on a Belgian style kick lately.

 

Mmm, beer. Mmm, chocolate. Well, time to go! Thank you SO much, Paul, for being here!

 

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3 Days of #YA #Horror: The Grave Winner is #Free!

The Grave Winner is free January 7th and 8th (today and tomorrow), and The Trinity Bleeds (the third and final book in The Grave Winner series) releases on the 9th!  It’s 3 days of YA horror! Eeeeeeeeeeeeek!

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Ringing in the New Year (Probably Illegally) and a #Giveaway For #Authors!

Hello there, 2016! Aren’t you looking all sexy and new! I have to say 2015 was kind of a blah year for me. Other than a few high points, it was pretty sleep-inducing. Sleep is a super special thing, but all year? Come on!

I rang in the new year with book research. I won’t tell you what I was researching because I’ll probably get arrested.

So! New year’s resolutions… the only one I have is to blog more, which is why I’m here today with two pieces of newses, one for each hand!

Number one newses is that the last book of The Grave Winner trilogy releases in seven days!!!

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Book 1 Is Here!

Book 2 Is Here!

Heidi from Momma Says Read called The Trinity Bleeds, “quite possibly the best YA horror book I’ve read.” – Goodreads.

Wow! Thank you, Heidi!

Number two newses is that I would like to start paying it forward to all you authors out there. The writing community has always been so supportive to me and tons of other authors.

So, every month, I would like to give away a free critique of an author’s first 500 words here on the old blog. The first 500 words can be anything from your Nano project to a research paper to a cereal box that you created for whatever reason…anything! Seriously, folks. I. Read. Everything.

I just have three rules (yeah, yeah, I know):

  1. Your first 500 words have to be PG-13. The rest can be robot dinosaur smut.
  2. If you win, you only have 48 hours to email me your first 500 words. Or else I’ll choose a new winner!
  3. You should be comfortable with receiving a critique. Because we’re writers, peeps!

Why should you want to win this critique from yours truly? Well, I hate to brag, but…

  • I’m super close to finishing my sixth novel.
  • I’ve been critiquing other authors’ works for eight years, some of whom are now New York Times bestselling authors.
  • I worked as an intern for a well-respected publishing company for one year.
  • I’m represented by the uber-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA Literary and Film Agency.

So, yeah. That’s me.

My critiquing style looks like a hamburger: the top and bottom is filled with the good, and in the middle is the juicy part where I offer constructive criticism. And now I want a hamburger.

Interested? Hit the Rafflecopter below (but don’t actually hit it)! Also, happy new year!

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Haunted Chemistry #petthecover #pnr

My books are getting re-released like crazy lately, and my sexy, scary novella, Haunted Chemistry, is no exception! How about this new cover? *swoon*

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The official re-release date is in November, but because the book is already out, it’s for sale right now!

 

THE GRAVE WINNER is #free Through Oct. 27! #ya #horror

Halloween is my very favorite time of year, which is why I choose to celebrate it all year! This is why I never dust my house and there are cobwebs covering everything. Yep. That’s the reason.

Anyway, to help get you in the spooktacular mood, I’ve made The Grave Winner free on Amazon  and Amazon International through Tuesday, the 27th.

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Reviewers say:

“Witty and fast paced, The Grave Winner by Lindsey R. Loucks is a snarky blend of zombie horror and urban fantasy… I loved it.” –  Kayti Nika Raet for Readers’ Favorite

“The Grave Winner… is more of a fantasy-zombie hybrid, with both enchanting magic and romance you might expect from a fantasy novel, kick-butt action and creeps you might expect from a zombie novel, and strong characters and storyline a reader would want from any story!” – Moosubi Reviews.

 

Also, What Gifts She Carried (The Grave Winner #2) is still only 99 cents, but will go up in price very, very soon!

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What Gifts She Carried Re-Release Day! #ya #horror

*flings confetti* Happy Re-Release Day to the second book in The Grave Winner trilogy!

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Leigh Baxton just wants to pick up the pieces of her life—if you could call it that—but someone keeps resurrecting the dead. These new zombies have a knack for spilling Leigh’s precious blood, something she was warned about by a certain pair of undead sorceresses.

Desperate to find out why they’re here so Leigh can put the nightmares behind her, she must learn more about the gifts she carries. With Tram’s training sessions and clues from her mom’s past, Leigh begins to piece together what she’s capable of.

Too bad there isn’t a Cliff’s Notes version to saving the world.

The zombies have teamed up with followers of the darkest sorceress who ever lived, and they’ll play a wicked game until she’s freed from her prison inside the earth. When the battle to the death begins, Leigh must rely on friends, crushes, and even her enemies to win the war, but not the grave.

 

“Ms. Loucks writes her boots off in this the bloody action horror filled with vivid imagery and delicious suspense.” – Pam Godwin, Author

“Wow. Wow wow wow. This book is amazing!” – Amazon Reviewer

“…very dark and extremely frightening!!!” – Amazon Reviewer

Happy Re-Release Day to The Grave Winner! #ya #horror #99cents

The Grave Winner‘s title jumped into my head one day, and I started writing it in 2008. Later, it found and lost a publisher, but now it has been re-edited and re-packaged into something I’m quite proud of.  *throws confetti* Happy Re-Release Day to The Grave Winner!

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Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did.

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.

With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself.

 

What Gifts She Carried, which is book two in The Grave Winner trilogy, releases in just two weeks.

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Only 99 cents (but not for long!)

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Leigh Baxton just wants to pick up the pieces of her life—if you could call it that—but someone keeps resurrecting the dead. These new zombies have a knack for spilling Leigh’s precious blood, something she was warned about by a certain pair of undead sorceresses.

Desperate to find out why they’re here so Leigh can put the nightmares behind her, she must learn more about the gifts she carries. With Tram’s training sessions and clues from her mom’s past, Leigh begins to piece together what she’s capable of.

Too bad there isn’t a Cliff’s Notes version to saving the world.

The zombies have teamed up with followers of the darkest sorceress who ever lived, and they’ll play a wicked game until she’s freed from her prison inside the earth. When the battle to the death begins, Leigh must rely on friends, crushes, and even her enemies to win the war, but not the grave.

 

 

Oh, and a quick word about the third book, The Trinity Bleeds–I’m almost finished with the second draft! One more draft, and it will be ready for my editor.  If you’re interested in beta-reading it, let me know!

The Grave Winner Trilogy #coverreveal #petthecover

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the ol’ blog. (I’m so sorry, blog. I still love you.) Hopefully this post will more than make up for that!

I’m gearing up to re-release The Grave Winner books one and two (book three is on the way!), so naturally I need brand new covers to do that. You remember the amazing covers I had before? These new ones needed to be even better, which is a tall order for a potential cover designer. I put my complete trust in Rebecca Hamilton, USA Today bestselling author, editor, and, you guessed it, cover designer.

And OMG, look what she did!

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I can’t stop drooling over them!

Books 1 and 2 will hopefully be ready for re-release in the fall, and if I cross my fingers, toes, and eyes, book 3 should be ready by the winter!

Would you like to add them to Goodreads? Here you go:

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Fellow #Firefly Fan Right Here!: 13 Questions With @KJFogleman

Hey, everyone! Author Kathryn Fogleman is here for 13 Questions! I met her at an author book fair a few months back and found her absolutely delightful! Plus, she’s a fan of Firefly, so you know she has good taste and can be trusted. Here we go!

 

Me: Did you learn anything today? If so, what?
Kathryn: Well, a friend sent me a recorded podcast for an author’s class, and I learned that all of your social media should run back to your BLOG. Not your website. The reason for this is because your blog has all the fresh content and people can subscribe to your blog. Your website – not so much.

Me: This makes perfect sense! Where did the idea for Tales of the Wovlen: The Dragon’s Son come from?
Kathryn: The movie “Dragonheart” was the primary inspiration for The Dragon’s Son, along with “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, “First Knight”, and a few other medieval movies that my mother obsessed over when I was little.

When the first Lord of the Rings movie came out, it set a blaze to my imagination and I knew right then that I wanted to write a fantasy story, set in a fantasy/medieval world, with little fantasy characters that went on fantastic adventures, and, of course, I wanted a dragon as a good guy throughout the entire thing. Nobody had a dragon as a good guy in their story until Dragonheart (and Anne McCaffrey’s books… if you want to call those real dragons). So, I HAD to have a dragon as a good guy.

Me: Awesome! What’s something about yourself that really annoys you?
Kathryn: Weeeeeell… three things, primarily:
Number one is “X” rated.
Number two is “R” rated.
Sorry kids… no show for them today!

But, number three is okay for all audiences. It is this: I am a couch potato. I don’t like it and I don’t know how it really happened, but it is true.

When I was a little kid, I was very active (mom won’t let me use the word “Hyper”). I wanted to be a horse trainer and a dancer when I grew up.

When I was in my teens, I was active. I trained my own horse successfully, I did a lot of cowboy work, and I was a pretty stinking good archer (lost the dancing somewhere).

Then I graduated high school, got in an accident that messed up my knee, hip, and hearing, and had two HUGE falling outs with family and friends… AHEM…

Needless to say, so many blows all in ONE year kind of messes with a person’s motivational button and happy dial.

Slowly – but surely – I am forcing myself to be less of a lounging starch tuber: get up and work out, go outside and work, exercise my dog, play ball, ride a bike, smile at someone, tell a joke… no cake… no cake… no chocolate milk… no cake… and NO sitting down unless it is to write. And no pity parties either. *squints at self*

Me: Being active is a good thing, but no cake?! I’m so sorry. What’s the name of the book you’re reading?
Kathryn: Right now it is The Arrival by Dakota Kemp. He has basically taken something from just about every geek-dom in existence, thrown it all into a blender, and made awesome-sauce from it… in another word, it seems to be a pretty good book.

Me: Cool! What scares you?
Kathryn: Very few things scare me.

*Glances around suspiciously and leans in closer*

However, I have this thing about snakes… okay, I have a really BIG thing about snakes. Snakes bug me. Pictures, stories, drawings, or the real thing: it all makes my poor little heart go “Ka-tunk, Ka-tunk!

People in bunny suites – *Eye-twitch* – Can’t handle it.

And Peter Pan. There is just something about that dude that makes my brain fart helium.

Me: That’s so interesting! Pop or soda or soda pop or Coke?
Kathryn: If it has sugar, I’ll take it.

It it’s Root Beer or Cream Soda, I will rule the world with it!

Me: Yes! Why do you write?
Kathryn: Because the cranial explosion that would occur as a result of clogged cerebral-to-fingers filters would destroy the world.

I would die.

You would die.

We would all die.

The Dinosaurs would rule the earth again.

Me: HA! What’s the last song you listened to on purpose?
Kathryn: “Song of Durin” written by J.R.R. Tolkien and performed by Eurielle on YouTube. It is SO beautiful. And yes, I am a huge Tolkienite. I like listening to any music and reading anything that relates to any of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.

Me: I’ll have to give that one a listen! What is your favorite salty treat?
Kathryn: Popcorn or Frito Corn Chips… I make kettle corn at home all the time, so I would really go for some corn chips right now. The scoops are the best.

Me: Yummmm. What makes you laugh?
Kathryn: Nearly anything. Myself especially. I can literally sit alone and crack myself up all day long.

Me: I’m so glad you answered that way! I find myself pretty entertaining, but a lot of people would disagree. Anyway, what’s your favorite planet?
Kathryn: Well, my mother would like me to say Earth, but I’m originally from Mars, and there is just no place like home. HOWEVER, in all honesty, I would have to say that Saturn is my favorite planet. I used to stare at it from my Martian bedroom window, and, after visiting that lovely planet, I have to say that they have the BEST gas weenies (Hot Dogs cooked over a gas fire… LONG story for another time).

So, in a word, Saturn rules.

Me: Yay for Saturn! You just walked in the door after a long day. What do you do first?
Kathryn: Moccasins go up in the shoe holder. Purse on the hook. Then I grab a cup of something to drink (tea, coffee, or water… maybe chocolate milk), walk into the living room, and talk about my day to my mom (or whoever is listening). I make my day into something exciting and funny, even if it was boring. It keeps my imagination and storytelling skills lubricated. Besides, who wants to hear about a boring day? I don’t.

Me: Writers never have boring days! Here’s a free plane ticket! Where would you like to go?
Kathryn: Scotland! Or New Zealand? Tough choice! Scotland has a lot of really rich history that I am interested in, and it has Loch Ness. I might see Nessie! Plus, some of my father’s family originated from Scotland (Clan Campbell… verm, verm!). But, New Zealand has Hobbiton, Rivendell, and sheep. Lots of sheep.

I don’t know… Australia would be pretty cool to visit too. Or Ohio… or Alaska…

Ack. Whatever! I’ll just stop at Albuquerque when Bugs Bunny makes a left there.

 

I’ll see you in Alubuquerque! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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BIO: Kathryn Fogleman is a self published Amazon author of family friendly Fantasy and good humor. She also happens to be a Science Fiction nerd with a dash of crazy fangirl.

WEB: http://www.kathrynjfogleman.com/
BLOG:
http://www.depthsofimagination.net/
BOOK:
http://bit.ly/DragonSonToW
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