Author Interview: Monica Sagle talks about her A Haunting of Words story

Today author Monica Sagle blows by my page to discuss her short story, “Storm House,” appearing in chilling the new anthology, A Haunting of Words.

 

Synopsis:  Storm House is about a house that, with every storm, sees the ghostly re-enactment of a murder. A wife killed by her husband. In recent years, the wife has managed to change things and now they take turns killing each other. This time, she thinks she may have found a way to sleep through those annoying storms altogether.

How long have you been a writer?  I have always written little stories for myself. However about four years ago I decided to take it seriously, learning as much as I could about the craft and art of writing. I joined a critique group for my novel work and I am a member of several on line critiquing groups.

What genre do you associate most with in your writing? I generally say that I am a fantasy writer. Although some of my short stories are Sci Fi and speculative fiction.

What are you working on now?  I recently finished my first novel, (I ‘m looking for an agent at this time,) and I have started a new novel.

What else do you have published?  Storm House is my first publication, but I am hopeful that several other short stories will find homes soon.

What advice would you offer to new writers?  Learn the craft, then the art of writing, and be prepared to be learning for the rest of your life, as the learning never ends. And find a good critiquing group, either physically or online, to help you hone your craft.

List links where people can find your writing? I don’t have any places for that at this time, although I am considering a web site soon. For now, people can find me at www.facebook.com/MonicaZwikstraAuthor/ or @monicasaglezwik on twitter.

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

Amy Hunter with All the Sprinkles by Kari Holloway

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Amy Hunter is in the HOUSE!!

Let’s cut to the chase, where can we stalk you at?

FacebookTwitter, and my website: www.amyhunterauthor.com

What do you write? Do you have something coming out soon?

write dark fiction. I just had a story come out in A Haunting of Words,

but as for soon, we shall see. (You can purchase a copy here, and it comes with a CD. For purchase from Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, etc click here.)

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You’re an author, do you offer services to other authors? (Cover design, edits, formatting?)

Yes! I’m a cover designer. https://www.facebook.com/Amy.H.Designs/ 17523464_155414761650352_3701087464766495273_n

Now the questions we’re all dying to know. Do you Google yourself?

Every chance I get. *wink*

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be Xena: Warrior Princess.
Kari: Nice! I remember watching that growing up, but I was always wanting to be Beast Master or Tarzan.

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

I would be Xena: Warrior Princess. Kidding. I would probably be a hairstylist. I’ve already been to cosmetology school and gotten most of my hours, so that would be ideal. Plus, there’s just something about seeing someone’s face when they spin around in the chair. They light up. Assuming you do a good job, of course. Otherwise, they’re pissed. Yeah, I like boosting people’s self-esteem.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

ha. I’m usually not thinking of much. Truthfully, I’m usually singing along to some nineties station. Hey, I’ve got a right to party. The Beastie Boys said so.

We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?

I would buy a Amy’s Corgi/Potbellied Pig Rescue. The pigs would wear tutus. Stop by and say hi. They love cuddles.

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?

This made me stop and think for a long time. ha. A kitten. One of those with the smushy faces. I’d be allergic to myself, too.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

The ouroboros.

If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?

I’d eliminate the porn and the coupons first.

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“Help me get this sombrero off!” He’s here because the sombrero is too big for his body.

 

Let’s talk writing some more. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

Vanity publishing.
Kari: For those who don’t know what a vanity publisher is, it is a company that offers to publish you, but you pay them. When you pay a vanity, you don’t publish your works, they do. Please don’t confuse this with companies that offer services that you can buy, such as editors, cover designers, formatters. Many first time writers confuse self-publishing/indie with vanity/indie.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have two unpublished stories, one half-finished story, and several outlines.

What’s the best way to market your books?

I have absolutely no idea.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Of course. I have a few.

Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? Do you research before you start writing or do you hunt for things as you need them?

I’m a gatherer. I love research.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Kari Holloway, JM Ames, Marlon Hayes, Jacklynn Desmond, and several others. They help me by beta reading and letting me read their work. They’re like family.

 

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? Have you taken a trip to help your book? Have you gone on a trip to a place described in someone else’s book?

I’ve taken trips to research stories. For example, I’ve stayed on the land the St. Mary’s Children’s Asylum was on in Galveston (for Queen of the Waves). It was a very emotional trip; something I’ll never forget.

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Do you believe in writer’s block?

Not really.

 

What was your favorite scene to write? 

Saying goodbye to Lucas in “Core.”

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What was your hardest scene to write?

The crash scene in “Core.”

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I’ve never had one.

Well that’s all the questions I had. It has been a blast getting to know you. I can’t wait to see what else you have in the works, and I hope you come again.