Bachman: When did you realize you were a writer?
Sowder: Well, I wrote my first story when I was 12, but didn’t really get into writing till I was 15. That was when I started the Executioner Trilogy. I’ve been writing ever since.
Bachman: While running a publishing company, how do you find time to write?
Sowder: I have special time set aside each night to handle stuff for my press and then write. I also have a day job that takes up 40 hours a week so this is the only way I can get things done.
Bachman: What can you tell us about your publishing company Burning Willow Press, for those that may be interested?
Sowder: My publishing company is named Burning Willow Press, We are very interested in publishing science fiction, horror, and fantasy and we are open for submissions. Our website iswww.burningwillowpressllc.com
Bachman: Can you share a little morsel about your latest release?
Sowder: My latest release as an author is “Pain-Killer: A Miss Hyde Novella Volume 2” and I have to say there is a scene in it that I really love but don’t think I should share since it’s more for an 18+ audience. But here is a small piece from another section:
Sowder: I sat down on a bar stool and spun towards the bartender, who was already staring at me in anticipation of my drink order. He wasn’t the regular bartender that was there when I came with Lauren. He was brand spanking new and you could tell. His chocolate brown eyes were still shining with excitement. That would disappear within the week.
“What can I get ya’?” he asked as I watched his eyes sparkle. His face was gorgeous, all harsh lines until you reached a full mouth. It was just full enough to still be considered manly. His chin even had a small dimple that I wouldn’t have noticed if I wasn’t staring at him so intently.
“Dealer’s choice. Just no beer.” As soon as I said the word beer I felt my face scrunch up in disgust, causing my brows to furrow. He nodded and went to work on my drink, but I didn’t watch him make it. I turned away to watch the dancers some more and got bored quickly, knowing that if I had just watched the bartender I would be having a better time. I swiveled on the bar stool to look at him again and as soon as my eyes met his he was sliding a drink in a martini glass over to me, it’s pink liquid barely moving as he slid a napkin underneath it with caution.
“And a cosmopolitan for the lady. If you haven’t had them before you’ll love it. Some women even say they feel like Carrie from Sex and the City when they do.” His lips widened into a smile and I couldn’t help but smile politely back. My fingers slipped over the thin stem of the glass and I lifted it into the air, making a highly informal dedication out of it.
“To Carrie, then.”
Bachman: Where do you find your most inspiration coming from for stories?
Sowder: Everywhere, mostly. I did do a recent post for Gabrielle Faust’s blog where I talked about about what inspired me and my work, focusing on the Miss Hyde Novellas and the Executioner Trilogy. The Miss Hyde Novellas were inspired by my love for Stevenson’s work and I wanted to give it a twist. I think I did just that.
Bachman: If you could work with a dream team, consisting of anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Sowder: I would love to work with Laurel K. Hamilton and Stephen King, mostly Stephen King. I’ve been compared to him on more than one occasion so it would be inter sting to see what we could come up with.
Bachman: What has been your favorite memory in your writing/publishing career so far?
Sowder: My favorite memory? Well, there is nothing like the thrill of holding your first published book in your hands. When “Follow the Ashes” came out and I got my copies I was thrilled and
didn’t want to put it down.
Bachman: I read that you’ve been compared to Anne Rice! How do that feel?
Sowder: That feels amazing! As an author and one that does write vampires it is a huge honor.
Bachman: In the spirit of Halloween, have you had anything frightful happen to you? Either at an event or something that inspired a story share please, with us.
Sowder: I will not go into too much detail, but a short story that I just finished and submitted to an anthology is inspired by a true life event. Hoping that “The Deliverance of Desiree Tanner” will help others like writing it helped me.
Bachman: I recently came across a video that you did that talked about how you caught the writing bug at a young age, for a middle school assignment, that’s amazing! Are there any other things you wrote about at a young age that never made it to publishing?
Sowder: Pretty much the only thing that hasn’t seen the light of day was that original story “Mommy Dearest” that I spoke about in that video. It was read aloud in class, but that’s about it. I have thought about resurrecting it.
Bachman: Where can we see you in the final months of 2015?
Sowder: I don’t have any events planned for the rest of the year, but you never know. I am trying to schedule book signings and interviews so you may see me out and about. For new on me you can subscribe to my newsletter at www.ksowderauthor.com
Bachman: Anything you’d like to promote?
Sowder: Well, All of my work of course, plus BWP releases. We have some amazing stuff out and some more amazing things coming in the next year!
Make sure to check out Burning Willow Press’ Release Party event! October 31st, 2015 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Go to the event location.
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