Thank you for being here. 😊
Make a pocket chapbook of poetry and send it to me so I can read it during the next Cake & Hyperbull on July 2! The show is already scheduled here: https://youtu.be/ukUTr2sL5hg
Details on how to make and where to send at: https://ko-fi.com/post/How-to-Make-Pocket-Books-P5P6CE5K5
Coming up: In Your Write Mind from Seton Hill will take place June 23-26. I have a few panels/workshops I’m on or teaching:
Horror and Hope: Mental Health and Writing, where I interview HWA Wellness Committee co-chairs, Dave Jeffery and Lee Murray, who discuss the Horror Writers Association’s Mental Health Initiative to foster positive representations of mental health/illness in fiction, reduce stigma, and promote wellbeing.
Unquiet Whispers: How to Start a Revolution with Rena Mason, Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn, Angela Yuriko Smith, K.P. Kulski, and Frances Pai. When Publishing has traditionally been less than diverse, how do you make space for new perspectives? Using the Asian diaspora in horror as an example, we discuss the groundswell that can rise from visionary works and the support of an amazing community. Like a game of Chinese Whispers turned on its head, each iteration can bring clarity, inspire other creators, reach a greater audience, and empower quiet voices.
Poetry With Purpose where I share how we can use our poetry with purpose to shine light on social issues and share a message of hope. From handmade chapbooks, DIY printed pocket books, organizing poetry events to how to communicate and have your message heard… It’s time to use your words for greater good.
While I’m away writing this novel, meet my husband…
The latest! I’m on NBC Radio’s House of Mystery Radio talking about the yuta experience (Okinawan medium), Tortured Willows, on being part Shimanchu and my encounter with a Nukekubi (headless ghost/vampire you don’t want to meet).
Listen to the replay here: https://tinyurl.com/ym8w4axr
It was also a pleasure to be on the Michigan Avenue Media Podcast talking about the Anne Rice Tribute Anthology along with Rebecca Rowland, Elaine Pascale and Trish Wilson. ALL moneys raised goes to Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) 💖🐶🐼🐱💝
Listen to the replay here: https://tinyurl.com/bdcrw6aa
And the third podcast I guested on recently… and time to take a break! Check out the very first episode of the new Verses from the Void podcast where I “read poems from the Stoker-winning Tortured Willows and discusses some fascinating history, shamanism, and shares a real life ghost story!”
Listen now: https://tinyurl.com/3sewtt39
It happened! Tortured Willows won the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards® for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection and “Horror Writers: Architects of Hope” won for Superior Achievement in Short Non-Fiction! TWO Bram Stoker Awards!
Thank you everyone for the support!
Note: the BUILDING BOOKS class is being redeveloped due to a Papyrus Author update! When it’s ready I’ll release it as one video instead of weekly classes.
There’s a rumor going around that I tried to write Romance?!?
It’s true. Available now, a new episode of SOFT DEADLINES, my serialized paranormal romance novel on Kindle Vella. This is not a joke, I did write a paranormal romance for NANOWRIMO 2020 as a challenge.
About the story: Naomi is a woman waking up to realize life is passing her by. Duncan is a six foot tall blue incubus trying to get some rest. He finds it with Naomi, and possibly something more. If only they can get his ex to leave them alone. It’s hard to hide from a jealous succubus. Find it on Kindle Vella here.
LOOKING FOR SHISA? I don’t sell shisa keychains, just give them away. It’s my way to try and offset some of the negativity out there. If you’d like a shisa keychain, I’ll be happy to send one anywhere for postage. I just made a page for that here. I’d love to see what you do with your shisa. Share them with me on Facebook here.
Published in 2021
Don’t Break the Oath: Women in Horror Vol. 4 from Kandisha Press. Available now.
Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken. from Yuriko Publishing. Here are just a few of the reviews from the first week. Available now.
Giving the Devil His Due from Running Wild. Available now.
Mark My Words: Read the Submission Guidelines and other Self-editing Tips from Yuriko Publishing. Available now.