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[Brief Words] 2015 Throwback: When Lindy Spencer Took Over

Once again, my ninja skills have served me well. Another unmanned blog to take over! Muahahaha!

Hi, my name is Lindy Spencer, and I’m an author. I write everything karmic, psychologically thrilling, and – breaking news – I even write children’s books! Who knew, right? I know! Spinne the Spider is a story I came up with recently, and I’m excited for it to come out for the kids in my life to read. Heck, the kids in your life might even enjoy an adventure with Spinne the six-legged spider.

Anyway, that’s not what I want to talk about. I’m here because the door was unlocked, and, well, I do takeovers when bloggers aren’t looking, and today I’m focused on where we are with where we thought we’d be when we were asked that question in high school.

Me, personally, well, I’m so far removed from where I thought I’d planned well enough to be… I can’t even see the white picket fence from here. That’s okay, though. The white picket fence wasn’t my destiny. I can totally work with that! I planned to be married (that happened, didn’t work) with children (check, check) and live in a cute little cottage home (yeah, no) with a white picket fence (splinters are my enemies) and a yappy little dog (the neighbor has several, glad I dodged that particular bullet!). Instead, I am now re-married (to Amazing Husband, who is awesome), have the two children (lights of my life) who have given me a horde of grands (which I lovingly refer to collectively as ‘Skittles’), a home that is my refuge, and Super Smart Dog (who is bigger than a yappy puppy).

Way back when they asked where we thought we’d be in ten years I am not sure I would have made it to where I am now had I known then what was coming. Life is funny that way, isn’t it? It’s like someone in the Planning Department has a twisted sense of humor. Probably why I have one as well!

Anyway, that’s what’s on my mind. If you want to drop me a line and let me know how life has turned out for you compared to how you thought it would turn out, I’m pretty easy to find. Either through my website, www.LindySpencer.com, or over on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LindySpencer.Author. Oh, and I’m easily stalk-able on Twitter, though not as prevalent there… http://twitter.com/_Lindy_Spencer.

Thanks for hanging out with me for a minute! I just heard a car door slam, which means they’re probably back… I’m going to use my ninja skills to sneak out the back door – don’t mention my name, okay? Later, Lovelies! *waves*


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[Brief words] 2015 throwback Interview of Kindra Sowder

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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[Brief Words] 2015 Throwback Interview of Stanhope Books Publisher

Bachman: Being a publisher is a very important part of the industry, whether traditional or independent, when did you know that this was what you wanted to do?

Bonson: A tough question to start with – I hope these get easier! It’s a long story – but I looked in the past at a music publishing business and record company, etc. So there had always been a side to me that was interested in promoting unknown works.

It wasn’t until I tried to get my first book, ‘One Hit Wonders,’ published that I realised how difficult the process can be. I then looked at it with my engineering/continuous improvement background and thought that there must be a better way forward. I don’t want to give away too many of our secrets, but we operate a nice middle ground between self-publishing and a full publisher – yet utilise a lot of forward thing printing and publishing technologies.

Bachman: What has been your most favoured moment as being a publisher?

Bonson: Reading reviews from people with no connection to the company or the authors – and seeing how they enjoy our work.

Bachman: What have been some lessons you’ve learned along the way?

Bonson: Large chain bookshops aren’t interested in small, independent publishers or unknown authors – so it’s always about trying to do something innovative to draw the readers in, and there are some plans we have for the 12 months that will be quite different to what is out there currently.

Bachman: Is there anything that you’d do different if you were given the chance?

Set aside some additional funds for advertising. It’s one area I really underestimated, but so far we’re doing very well on social media and word of mouth – but it’s a part of the business I know we could do better.

Bachman: As a publisher, it must be difficult to juggle things, how do you keep so motivated and organized?

Bonson: It’s very difficult, especially as I still roles within the motor industry to juggle around and family, hobbies, etc. The motivation is seeing the look on an new authors face when they see their book in print for the first time – it’s a fantastic sight and an amazing feeling to know that you’ve been part of that moment.

Bachman: I read your biography on www.stanhopebooks.com; your publishing company’s website that you’re a fan of not only the arts but cars as well is there a specific type of car that’s your favourite more than any other?

Bonson: Too many nice cars that’s the issue. From a racing car perspective, I’d have to say the 1967 Lotus-Ford 49 Formula One car. Elegant design, amazing engineering and with an evocative green and yellow colour scheme.

Bonson: Road cars – too many to list, but let’s include the DeLorean DMC-12, Ford Mustang BOSS, any Jaguar

Bachman: I also discovered you’re not only a publisher, but also a writer, is there any works of yours you’d like to tell us about as a writer?

Bonson: My writing so far has been non-fictional – focused on my love of motor racing history and pulling together facts, figures, stories that weren’t available in one source anywhere else.

I’ve written plays in the past and am now working on a short story, to be included in a book we’re publishing later this year for a charity, so it will be interesting to see what people think of my fiction work. There are other fictional books I have planned, but there’s a lot of work that needs to go into them from a research perspective first.

Bachman: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?

Bonson: For the short story coming up, the inspiration was very simple, as I put myself into the role of the main character (I used to be an actor, before becoming involved in engineering). For the other stories I’m working on, it’s difficult to give the inspiration as it would say too much about what they are, but when they come out it will self-explanatory where the inspiration has come from.

Bachman: Is there anything you’d like readers to know about you and your company?

Bonson: We are very small, very independent and always looking to find new outlets, new readers and new authors. We cover hardback, paperback, e-book and audio book formats, alongside a diverse range of subjects.

Bachman: Finally, is there anything you’d like to take the time to promote?

Bonson: Everything that we are about! Most importantly our website – www.stanhopebooks.com and our Facebook page – facebook.com/stanhopebooks. Can I also thank you for the opportunity to publicise our company and out authors.

Bachman: You’re more than welcome! Thank you for allowing me some of your time.

Links:

http://www.stanhopebooks.com

https://www.facebook.com/StanhopeBooks

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Story Time: The Day Seattle Died

The Day Seattle Died is the term that had been given to the day April 5th. The first wave hit in 1994 with the death of Kurt Cobain and the second wave hit in 2002. Both days I can remember only the announcements, how they made me feel, and how I reacted. I cannot remember what I was doing before or after, but these have always been pushpins in my timeline. I’ve had many conversations with why people didn’t like Cobain, why people didn’t like grunge music, or why it was all ‘dumb’, but for me these were important events in my life, important enough to me to remember them.

I grew up on a healthy diet of my family’s musical tastes. My dad served me The Doors, Foghat, Fleetwood Mac, Steppenwolf, Mamas and the Papas, Uriah Heep, Jim Croce, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and other artists he grew up with, loved, or heard while he served. My mother served me platefuls of The Statler Brothers, Johnny Cash, other country music artists, and gospel artists to even me out. My sibling added his touches, salt and peppering my early life with the music of the time. He left the television on MTV when he was around, so I ultimately would be introduced to other musicians of the times. This is how I learned of Nirvana originally.

With all that, as one may assume correctly, I was constantly hearing decades gone by and what was ‘dope’ or ‘da bomb’. My dad played guitar or sang almost all the time. It was my signal he was, in the very least, in a decent mood. My mom sang when she cooked, cleaned, and sometimes at bed (something I do for my child and yes some same songs, they’ve got their own groove in my grey matter. Check out You are my Sunshine by Johnny Cash, released in 1969).

The First Wave Hitting

I remember watching Nirvana Unplugged in late 1993. Like everyone else, I was unaware that only a few months after its airing Cobain would be gone. I was in 3rd grade, still, when the announcement popped up on MTV (This was days after he had died and when the public learned of the news on April 8th, 1994). I had just turned the television on and it was already flipped to MTV, my sibling had been there at some point. At first, the announcement was a little crawl at the bottom of the screen and then it was an interruption of Kurt Loder releasing the information.

I saw the original of this:

I can remember being sad and confused. This was the first time I’d ever heard of suicide and didn’t know what it meant. I had yet to learn how troubled someone must be to attempt much less succeed. One of my parents came in and asked what I was watching and telling them Kurt Cobain had died. I can’t remember which one came in, but remember it was one of them. I also remember them telling me they didn’t know who I was talking about. “He’s the singer of Nirvana,” I explained. Their reply, “changes nothing, I still don’t know who they are.”

The announcement was all I really remember from that day. Later, several days later, eleven to be exact I have discovered, I remember seeing Eddie Vedder’s tribute via a ‘K’ on his shirt because someone in the house was watching Saturday Night Live when it happened.

The Second Wave

I was in 9th grade listening to the radio when I heard that Layne Staley had died. I instantly thought of the previously shared memory. I was older then. I understood what suicide is by this point and even how destructive drugs are on those taking them and the loved ones around a user.

It hit me like a ton of bricks. I cried. I didn’t just tear a little I full blown blubbered and shook crying to the news. My sibling came in to see what was going on and I told him. I remember destruction crossing his face; he was sad too. My sibling and I don’t get along very well for many reasons. The actual brother/sisterhood we share is almost non-existent. We rarely shared decent moments through my life, this was one of those few times. In that moment, we were both broken. I do feel it was also in that moment my sibling realized I knew more about music than he ever had cared to wonder before and how greatly it affected me.

I can remember the next day still being sad walking the halls of my high school. No one else had been affected. It was as if it hadn’t even happened. I wasn’t expecting the halls to be filled with crying girls and somber statues made of the male gender or anything (Not like the devastation I witnessed of my classmates when September 11th happened). It bothered me how it was different for everyone else. I’m sure many of them didn’t even know who he was, most of my classmates loved either hip-hop, gospel, or pop.

I loved Alice In Chains and still do, very much so.

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As an adult, I’ve seen two more major hits to the list of my favorite bands of my childhood. In 2015, on my birthday to boot, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots passed. Two years later, Chris Cornell died. In my post 90s Kid Alert, I talked about watching my childhood fade away. The day Chris Cornell died; May 18th, 2017 was one of those days that again made me sad. I felt the music of my life was slipping between my fisted fingers. I was grasping for some happy memories of my life.

In those fists I held the music I grew up with. Music always made me happy. All those days and nights I danced, head-banged, and transported myself somewhere else became more realistic. Life was hitting me with its shittiest branch–the one called reality. With the death of Mr. Cornell, those like me that loved ‘grunge’ music have been left with one singer of my generation, a damn good one too–Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog.

I recommend reading this article from Loudwire to read more about Cobain and Staley. I also recommend reading this article from The Economic Times about Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder.

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November Updates

I’ve decided for this month and the month of December to take a quiet rest from my internet presence. I’m going to use this time to catch up on any writing work I may have, but I will continue taking cover work and doing that. I will also be taking interviews for authors that would like me to interview them.

I will update this section if something changes, like an event comes about. I will also keep in touch with those in my fan club group Bachman’s Blasphemers over on Facebook and posting things I come across of interest on my page on Facebook as well, Author L. Bachman.

Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it! I will be spending this time of the year with my family as well.