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Ten Plus One Questions with Author Julianne Snow

Julianne SnowNormally I try to give you a bit of information on the author before letting you dig into the questions and those answers. The great thing about Julianne she did some of my work for me by providing some great information about herself. So let’s begin.

Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and Glimpses of the Undead. She is the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous and the Co-Founder and Publicist at Sirens Call Publications. Writing in the realms of speculative fiction, Julianne has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. With pieces of short fiction in various publications, Julianne always has a few surprises up her sleeves. Be sure to check out The Carnival 13, a collaborative round-robin novella for charity which she contributed to and helped to spearhead which was released in October 2013.

Now onto those wonderful questions and Julianne’s answers. At the bottom of this post you will find a list of how and where to find her online.

Question 1: What inspired you to write Glimpses of the Undead?

Glimpses of the Undead is a collection of short stories that I had either had rights reverted back to me or that I wrote specifically with a collection in mind. Essentially, I wanted to present a view into my mind and give readers a taste of the different incarnations of the undead I had rolling around. Stories range from very short to longer in length and feature horror, humour, and even a little erotica…

Question 2: Is there any significance to the name names of your main characters?

Honestly, not really. When I’m writing, sometimes a name will come to me and I’ll use it. Other times, I’ll change the name when the story is completed. Very rarely does the character’s name take a more important role than what the character does.

Question 3: During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your memories?

One of the stories is set very close to home so I did draw on my memory of the location to ensure that if you were to visit my high school, you’d find yourself immersed in the location and the story as it unfolds.

Question 4: What were some of your favorite books growing up?

I absolutely devoured pretty much anything put in front of me as I was growing up, but my favourites included the works of L. Frank Baum who made the world of Oz possible, the works of Marion Zimmer Bradley, as well as works by Poe, Christopher Pike, and Lovecraft.

Question 5: Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

I’ve heard from many of my fans who enjoy my short spurts of the undead. Though admittedly, many of them want to know if the individual stories will be developed into something longer at some point. The answer to this is—you never know!

Question 6: What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book?

Excitement at the realization of a dream!

Question 7: Do you continue to write?

I write all the time 🙂

Question 8: What is the message you are want people to take away from the book?

There’s no real message I want people to get from reading my short fiction—I just want people to enjoy themselves.

Question 9: If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

Well, I’d have to say that I’d like them to live… My characters tend to become like family to me.

Question 10: Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?

There is no dedication 🙂

The + 1 Question: If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why?

I’d love to go to the UK and promote my work – I think that would be fantastically awesome!

 

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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Interview

 

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What’s coming in 2015 and Thank You 2014

ThankYouThe year of 2014 has been an exciting one as I was able to read over twenty books and post reviews on the blog.  The greatest thing is that often an author, or publisher, has reached out to me regarding their book. This to me is exciting and helps to show that I am reaching the right audience with the reviews.  The audience I refer to is those people who look for authors, publishers and books that often fly under the mainstream market place. My eyes, and then fingers, help put out a forum for their books and draw attention to their works through my reviews. The word reviews is used as I don’t just put them on my blog but cross post to Amazon and just recently all went up on Goodreads as well.

These individuals produce books that are just as engaging as a Stephen King,  Stephanie Myer, Suzanne Collins and other well-known authors.  They bring imagination to life which is what I believe many authors endeavor to do with their readers. The pages can be digital, or physical, but have the same effect no matter how you read. It is why I write this post as I want to thank those that helped my imagination over the past year. I hope my review helped other readers find their books and enjoy them as much as I have. This is the main reason on why I never say NO to a review request.

Before I start with listing and thanking those who gave me the great opportunity of discovering a new world through their prose let me share with you what I have coming for 2015.  As you will see the list is growing and it’s how I want it to be.

Upcoming in 2015 in no particular order:

 

  • Playback Effect by Karen A Wyle
  • Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow
  • The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin
  • Thunder Bay by Robert Reynolds
  • Why 319 by Mark Love
  • Counting Churches The Malta Stories by Rosanne Dingli

 

 

Now it’s time to thank those authors, and publishers, for the books I enjoyed over 2014. The list is in order of reviews from most recent to beginning of the year. If I missed anyone it was not on purpose but a MAJOR oversite on my part.

 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A GREAT 2014

 

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Reviews

 

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The Coven by Author Angie Gallow

TheCovenWhen first one sees, or hears, the word coven they jump to the thought that witches are going to be the topic of discussion. There will some point be talk about spells, cauldrons, black cats, and ugly old women. It’s the danger when a word gets tied to specific thing and people do not realize its true definition. A coven is simply a collection of people and thus can be things from a stamp collectors meeting to a group of Sailor Moon fans.

The Coven by author Angie Gallow is just such a book that will show you that we are not always dealing with witches. In the case of the book, we have Vampires who are hiding from society in 1910 London. Their home is under the stewardship of Maurice Sorel and son Alaric. They run the coven and although the reader won’t find out till late in the book how ruthless they can be they seem to be good characters. They even tried helping more of their kind come to London under the leadership of Sebastien who was summoned from Normandy to help the traveling group.

As the book opens the reader is informed of what happened on that trip to London. How Sebastien and the traveling group where set upon by other vampires, and many killed. The attackers being other vampires would infuriate anyone as they are killing their own kind. Thus, there can be only one group behind this attack. A group from the church who tortures vampires and turns them against their own kind named the Diocese Club.

The club has a post in London and unfortunately for the vampire coven, they are in the Whitechapel area just as the coven. They may almost be neighbors and the Diocese Club is not the only danger that is out there for Maurice and Alaric.

The Diocese Club’s presence in Whitechapel is led by a very dark and ruthless Harold Strahan. A man, or vampire, that will stop at nothing to find vampires and kill them. This will include torturing the members of his team to finish a job, or to find and kill vampires.

What author Angie Gallow does within the pages of The Coven is introduce the reader to two groups of vampires. One seems to get along, has friends and just tries to survive in the world. This group is the one Sebastien finds himself living in. A group that even has a small human boy as a servant within their ranks. A boy they took in after his family was killed.

The other group on the other hand is pure and simple zealots. They were tortured by members of the church and given the assignment of killing others of their kind. The church is using them as pawns or face severe torture or their own death. This group is the one that holds Harold and his group of killers.

As you read you find that at some point the two groups are bound to find each other. Maurice wants a war just as much as Harold. The question is will cooler heads prevail; will there be bloodshed or a minimal loss of life? This is what is found within the pages of the book. You will find a chess game between groups on who will make the first move. There will be pawns and at some point each team will have members taken that others will do all they can to retrieve alive.

The characters are developed well from the little boy to the different vampires brought out in the book. There is tension built from all sides and this helps add to the story. Vampire fans will really enjoy the book as it shows them in a light not often seen. They are not there to look gorgeous, to rip man apart, but to survive within a world of man without being noticed. The Coven is one of those reads you hold onto till the last page, and the interesting twist within the final pages just makes the book so much better.

 

 

The below information is courtesy of Siren’s Call Publications the publisher of the book.

 

 

The Coven

Angie Gallow

After a gruesome betrayal, vampire Sebastien Vilmont is flung into a whirlwind cat and mouse game when his traveling party is ambushed by an opposing group of bloodthirsty vampires. Maurice, the leader of Sebastien’s coven, makes the decision to not only wage war against the opposing vampire clan, but a clerical organization known as The Diocese Club who wishes to exterminate all vampire-kind.

Trying desperately to protect the secrecy of their coven’s location below the streets of Whitechapel, London, Sebastien finds himself at odds with Maurice in his desire to not engage in all-out war with the renegade Catholic faction. At the same time, he must also battle the other vampire coven to guard their anonymity from humans. In doing so, Sebastien is forced into choices and alliances he might not otherwise have made.

Set in the tone of Victorian England, The Coven is a thrilling and horrific journey through the seedier workings of the vampire underworld, and pious ideology of The Diocese Club.

 

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Reviews

 

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Now I Lay Me Down to Reap from Siren’s Call Publications

Originally this saying was used for farmers and the importance of using good seed and taking care of your crops. Be a good farmer to the land, and the crops, and they will return a bounty to you. It’s now used more to tell of the importance of being a good person, and to do good deeds. If you do not then the circumstances of those poor deeds can be dire. The saying I’m referring to is, “You reap what you sow.”

Siren’s Call Publications to the writings of twelve great authors and gave them the opportunity to write stories showing what would happen if you “sowed bad seeds.” The anthology is aptly titled, Now I Lay Me Down to Reap, and tells the stories of hapless individuals who find out those actions have consequences.

The stories found within the anthology cover several different topics, but all have a dark side to them. Some of the stories have creatures you would not think to find within these pages, like unicorns, angels and fairies.  There are other stories involving writers, farmers, a grim reaper and grave robbers.

What makes this anthology unique is just that most of the stories deal with a moral dilemma. They will make the reader question what is happening and why.  Do you believe the acts of those involved in each story deserve the outcome that meets them by the end? Some of the stories may deal with fantastic creatures that have not been used in such away in the past. They are there to make you question not only what you are reading, but what you know of those creatures.

The stories will make a reader want more, and in some cases could bring up questions of your own morality. Why did it have to end that way? What did they do to deserve that fate? What possessed the writer to come up with this tale?

The last question is one I often found myself asking.  This is because the stories had a twist or made me think outside of my normal comfort zone of thinking. We get used to reading, watching, things and expecting a plot to follow a predictable formula. In some of the stories found in, Now I Lay Me Down to Reap, those formulas are totally switched around.

This anthology at times left me just a bit uncomfortable by the way things were turned around. It is rare that you are able to find a book that has a story, plot that can do this to you. The fact this was done by several of the stories in the anthology just shows that the authors Siren’s Call pulled together for this anthology knew what they were doing.  Below is a list of those authors.

Ryan C. Anderson

Thomas James Brown

Aspen deLainey

John H. Dromey

Amber Keller

Christian Larsen

Jeffrey X Martin

Lori Michelle

Sergio Palumbo

J. Marie Ravenshaw

Bill Read

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Siren’s Call Publications

*Note: If you happen to  know a personal link for the authors without one above please let me know and I’ll be happy to link to their page.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in Reviews

 

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