On Monday 29/04/2013 I make my second appearance on BlogTalk Radio as the guest of Joseph Aquilino on his Author Nook show.  Below is the link to the Facebook event that gives all the details of how you can tune in.  You can even listen directly from your own website.  The show airs at 14:45 EST which is 19:45for UK listeners and 20:45 for people in Europe.  I hope you can join me.

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I’ve been giving this subject a lot of thought as it is one that concerns every writer; be it the writer sitting at #1 in the NYT bestseller lists or the person self-publishing a book that no one knows about outside of their immediate circle of influence.

We each have our own style of writing and methods of expression, yet there is a literary Stasi who say we have to conform to certain rules and styles.  One of my favourite writers, James Herbert, was unapologetic in his style and rightly so.  A writer is within his/her rights to adopt whichever style they wish.  No one has to read it if they don’t want to.  Perhaps the point being made here is that unless we conform to the machinations of the literary Stasi then they will harangue us publicly until no one wants to read our work.  They have done this to E.L. James though I don’t think it has harmed her sales any.

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On November 26th 2012, I was featured on the Fang-tastic Books blog and interviewed by Roxanne Rhoads. For those who missed it, I have posted the full interview below.

 

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

My name is Shane O’Neill. I am originally from Ireland, but live now in Norway.  My project is The Dracula Chronicles, an epic new angle on the Dracula legend.  Remembering back to when I was a teenager, my friends and I were always reading and passing around books written in the horror genre.  This would include works by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert, John Saul, Shaun Hutson etc.  It followed then that this was the genre I wanted to write in as well.  The horror genre has always captured people’s imagination, be it in book form or on the big screen.  Girls like to be scared and have a reason to lean into their guys.  Their guys like the chance to be there to protect and comfort them, as well as being scared themselves.  There will always be a market and a great interest in this genre, and I love it.

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The Cult Of MeIt is author of the month time and my featured author in the horror genre for the month of April is Michael Brookes from the UK.  Michael has penned a very interesting-looking chiller called The Cult Of Me and a collection of horror short stories titled The Odd Quartet.

Michael Brookes:

By day I work as a Producer for one of the leading UK independent game developers. I currently live in probably the flattest place in the world in the east of England, although over the years I have lived all over the country. I’ve always been interested in writing it is only recently that I’ve really pushed myself to finish a complete book. That effort has now seen the light of day and I’m looking forward to starting the next book. I’m also an avid reader with Ian M Banks and Terry Pratchett being amongst my favourite modern authors. My favourite story of all time is Paradise Lost, a hard read, but a sublime story.

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In the tradition I have followed here on my blog, I am delighted to do a special feature on fellow author, Luke Romyn. This is unlike my usual monthly feature where I interview a fellow Indie author from the horror genre here on my blog. I wanted to do this so I could showcase two reviews I have written for two of Luke’s books.

I have to say, with the exception of a few great writers, I rarely leave my comfort zone and read books outside my genre and I do read a lot. Therefore it was very exciting to discover another writer in my genre of the quality of Luke Romyn. And not only is he a great talent, he is a really nice guy too. So it gives me great pleasure to feature him here today.

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Up until now I’ve limited myself on my blog to writing solely about my books, or featuring articles related to vampires or the horror genre. So I’ve decided to use Fridays, wherever possible, for writing about my thoughts on other issues away from books and movies in the horror genre.

So the question on my mind today is: Are men and women meant to co-exist together? I know there is an emotional and, indeed, a physical need for such an attachment. As well as this there is a deeper need and desire to be loved, especially by the one we ourselves love. But how many of us ever have this need properly fulfilled or, on the other hand, how many of us actually manage to fulfil that need in the person who desires it from us?

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On November 26th 2012, I was featured on The Seraphine Muse blog and interviewed by KaSonndra Leigh. I have posted the interview below.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve been interested in and loved Dracula for as long as I can remember. I used to baby-sit my kid sisters at quite a young age and with my parents out I got to see quite a few of the old Hammer horror movies, and especially those with Christopher Lee as Dracula. And then, at a later age, I discovered the real historical Vlad Dracula.  I always felt it had been my destiny to write, and therefore I wanted to write about Dracula.  But I wanted to do something grandiose with him and epic in scale.  I hope I will achieve that with The Dracula Chronicles series by the time I am finished with it.

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SanguinaryIt is that time of the month again and my guest author for the month of March is my good friend from South Wales, Emma Edwards.  Emma is also a writer of the vampire genre, with two books currently out in her new series, Sanguinary and Imbrued.  Emma is also an advocate for vampire writers so it is wonderful to have her here today.

Would you bleed for the one you love?

Angel Harris has always had a thing about vampires, but not so much the killer that is claiming victims in the city where she lives and works. The press are calling him ‘The Vampire’, because the victims are found drained of blood, with bite marks to their necks.

Ash is the lead singer in a local rock band. Angel is drawn into his world when she is asked by her boss at the local newspaper to investigate rumours of blood drinking within Ash’s band.

Ash and Angel bond on a deep level and she finds herself welcomed into this group of supposed blood drinkers.

But the body count continues to rise and Angel will soon find out that ‘The Vampire’ is closer to her than she ever would have believed. Will the writer survive to tell her story?

Sex, blood and rock n roll.

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This is the first interview I ever did for The Dracula Chronicles on Livia Ellis’ blog on October 24th 2012. As far as I know it has been removed from there, but I have pulled it up from my archives.

“I can say after having read his forthcoming Bound By Blood, that his attention to historical accuracy and detail is no less than remarkable.” – Livia Ellis

1. Did you always want to be an author? If not, what else would you have done?

Yes, from a very early age. From the time I was 8 or 9 years old I felt it was my destiny to become a famous writer. I started writing my first stories and poems around that age. I’ve taken my time to try and make my dreams a reality, but after many years of hard work I’m ready to give it a go. I’m my own worst critic and wasn’t prepared to take that step until I was sure my work was as good as it can be. I never wanted to do anything else in life other than be a writer.

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After a gruelling last week I wanted to do something fun and light-hearted for my blog today. I have decided to post my 5 favourite on-screen vampires. There are so many to choose from and everyone will no doubt have their favourites, but here are mine.

5. Bill Paxton as SeverenSeveren

At #5 I begin with movie legend, Bill Paxton. In 1987 he starred in one of my favourite vampire movies, Near Dark. It surprises me that you don’t hear much about this movie these days, but I was pleased to see it high on the Forbes list of best vampire movies of all time. I like my vampires to be bad, and in this flick Paxton played Severen, who is as bad as they come. Great movie and a great performance from a truly great actor.

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Bound By Blood Volume 1 Free DownloadHosting an event on Facebook at 19:00EST on Friday 22nd February. Chat, music, competitions and giveaways and hopefully lots of fun. Join me here!! INVITE YOUR FRIENDS.

Get my newly-published novel, THE DRACULA CHRONICLES: BOUND BY BLOOD – VOLUME 1 absolutely FREE on Kindle for 3 days on the 22nd 23rd and 24th of February beginning 03:00EST

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Victoria Embers - RedemptionI asked Victoria Embers, a writing friend of mine to send over an excerpt of her latest book, Redemption (My Vampire Lover Part #2) so I could share it with you today. It’s steamy, hot, and I know you guys will love it. I’ll be a part of Victoria’s Redemption Release party tonight. She has graciously invited me to join and promote my books too. I’ll be giving away something fun, so be sure to check us out. Here is the Party Event Link and information

Read Conquest (My Vampire Lover Part #1) for Free on Amazon. Victoria included the first two chapters of Redemption in the free download as well.

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April ReignIt’s the 3rd Monday of the month, which means it’s that time again. This month my author spotlight falls on the beautiful and talented April M. Reign, who has now given us a dozen offerings in the vampire/horror genre. Her latest book, Dhellia Has A Conscience came out on February 1st. I was fortunate to catch her despite her busy schedule and ask a few questions about her and her new book.

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She may be the daughter of Satan, but DHELLIA has a conscience. She’s run away from Hell to escape her undesirable duties as princess of the underworld. A three-
month road trip to “upstairs” convinces her half-human side that Earth is where she belongs.

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AuthorsdBThis week I’ve been busy with promotional work for The Dracula Chronicles.  I have finally signed up to the website AuthorsdB, which is a resource for authors that looks very similar to the imdb.com website for the movie industry.  I think this is a great innovation for writers and has the great benefit of putting all vital and relevant information about your books, i.e covers, blurb, descriptions, links, reviews, and awards & rankings all on one page.  A great idea and I reckon an excellent promotional tool for the future.  If you read on you will see my page.  Check out the website and the other 300 excellent authors you will find there.

Already on AuthorsdB? Why not drop me a comment on my profile page?

Thomas J GarzaBeing that this blog is dedicated primarily to the horror genre and especially so to the vampire phenomenon, it followed that I might sometimes consult with real experts on the subject. I have a friend, Anthony Hogg, who hosts a fantastic blog and some groups on social media networks. He has a vast wealth of knowledge on vampires, both in folklore and in books and movies. I often find myself staggered by the depth of this knowledge and have asked for his kind permission to share some of his posts and articles for the readers of my blog, who may not otherwise have seen them. Of course, being the guy that he is, he said yes.

The first post I want to share here is an interview Anthony conducted with another leading expert of the genre, Thomas J. Garza, who lectures about vampires at the University of Texas in Austin. From here on it is Anthony speaking…..

I sent a request for an interview and after he agreed, sent a long a bunch of questions. To his credit, he didn’t shy away from the hard stuff, as his responses reveal. Without further ado, heeeeeeeere’s Garza!

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Shane is interviewed on Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts & Reviews blog.

At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. By the age of 8 or 9 I was certain of it. I was most prolific in my teenage years writing books of 50k-80k words that I would read to my closest friends. Unfortunately, I had a tendency to lend them out and not get them back. In those days, of course, a typewriter was a luxury item so I had to write by hand – yes I am that old. So yes, when my friends wanted to be football stars and fighter pilots, I wanted to be a writer.

Read the rest on Laurie’s blog.