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TORTURED WILLOWS RELEASE DAY

Finally! The long awaited day where the collection that has ripped my heart out is released to bring essential sorrow onto the rest of the world. Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn, K.P. Kulski, Rena Mason and I get together for this Launch Day event to celebrate not only Tortured Willows, but National Dark Poetry Day. Thank you everyone for all the amazing support and enthusiasm. I’ll post links to the book here when it’s available on Amazon.

While you wait, there’s already a bunch of reviews up on Goodreads and they are popping up all over the internet! Thank you so much for all of these! Here are a few links being sent to me:

Reed’s Literary Horror Review of ‘Tortured Willows’ by Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn

Epeolatry Book Review: Tortured Willows by Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn, Christina Sng, & Angela Yuriko Smith

Interviewed for Asian American Press

20150719_202929I am extremely honored to be interviewed by Bryan Thao Worra for Asian American Press. Bryan is a successful author with a multitude of awards and published works under his name.

He is the first Laotian American to receive a Fellowship in Literature from the United States government’s National Endowment for the Arts. He received the Asian Pacific Leadership Award from the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans for Leadership in the Arts in 2009. He received the Science Fiction Poetry Association Elgin Award for Book of the Year in 2014. He was selected as a Cultural Olympian representing Laos during the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

To be interviewed by an author of that caliber, whose works include On The Other Side Of The Eye, Touching Detonations, Winter Ink, Barrow and The Tuk Tuk Diaries: My Dinner With Cluster Bombs, is a thrill—to say the least.

Meet the Mentor: Bryan Thao Worra

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Bryan Thao Worra, courtesy of Wikipedia

Remember when I talked about how valuable a membership to the Horror Writer’s Association is? I recently signed up for the HWA’s mentor program and was paired with Bryan Thao Worra.

I feel like it’s Christmas—Worra’s accomplishments fill impressive pages and he’s going to give me tips?!? When I first Googled him I was in awe of all his awards, but from the first email exchange I could tell he was down-to-earth. He’s already given me some valuable insight I plan to utilize over the weekend.

My point is this—many of you that stalk the Dfluff posts are interested in producing or consuming in the horror genre. I urge you to join. I waited a year trying to decide if joining was worth it. It is worth every penny and more. From the conference in May, the mentorship program, the new publishing opportunities… in a month HWA gave me back 10 times what I paid for my membership.

Not only have a received great mentorship from Bryan, but other members like Peter Salomon and Patrick Freivald have been generous with sharing what they know. HWA is more than a professional organization—it’s a cooperative group of people that recognize when one of us succeeds, we all do.

Now is the perfect time to join the Horror Writer’s Association. Because of the pro-rated dues schedule, membership just prices dropped to $37 for an Active/Affiliate/Academic/Associate member or $27 as a Supporting member for the rest of the year.

About the HWA mentorship program: The program is offered to all members, but especially to new and aspiring writers, who are afforded the opportunity to be matched up with seasoned professionals, experienced and knowledgeable writers, including Active members who know just what it takes to create and tell a story, and all that follows soon after.