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Inspiration at Dusk: Interview with Simon Dewar

Welcome back! Today, I’m pleased to feature writer and editor Simon Dewar. Simon is the founder of the Suspended in Dusk anthology series, as well as an accomplished author in his own right.

Recently, Simon and I discussed how he got his start as a writer as well as how he views the journey of an editor’s process.

Simon DewarA couple icebreakers to start: when did you first decide to become a writer?

A few years ago I saw someone on Twitter mention a submission call to an anthology they edit. The anthology was Bloody Parchment, the literary anthology for South African Horrorfest. I sent in a story and was one of those selected for publication. It was a story called “The Kettle” and it was about the horrors of routine, post-natal sleep deprivation and caffeine addiction.  Kinda cool to sell a story to an imprint of Random House on my first go. I didn’t quite think I was some sort of prodigy, but perhaps I thought I wasn’t too bad. I was woefully unprepared for the rejections to come. I’m a little more sanguine about things now.

You are the editor of the acclaimed Suspended in Dusk series. How did you become involved with this project, and what was the initial inspiration?

Originally this idea came about as a project to be co-edited with Nerine Dorman. It was to be a non-themed anthology to be published by Dark Continents Press. We came up with the name because Nerine Dorman is a big Type-O Negative fan and one of their songs is called “Suspended in Dusk.”  For whatever reason, Dark Continents couldn’t run with the project any more (they later closed shop), and while I was collecting stories and finding a new publisher the stories that came through seemed to gel really well with the title. They were all about people stuck between worlds, between the light and the dark, or in times of change. Eventually the book found a home with Books of the Dead Press.

In your experience, what has been the most challenging part of being an editor, and is there a particular aspect that is the most rewarding?

For me, the most challenging part is the administrative aspects… all the emailing of authors, liaising with the publisher, etc.  The actual editing and proofreading stuff is pretty easy and stress-free by comparison.  It was especially easy this time around for Suspended in Dusk 2, as I had an enlarged budget and so had stories come through from some professional writers. There were stories I was afraid to ‘dot an i’ or ‘cross a T’ on, they were near-on perfect when they came through.

Suspended in DuskI don’t want to sound too blase about it, but part of me feels any idiot could sit there and accept submissions of good stories from professional or semi-professional writers and come out with a relatively decent book at the end of it. Certainly, an amount of success and quality in an anthology, comes down to a editor’s taste as to what kind of stories they choose, by whom and how they fit with theme.  One thing I did, with both Suspended in Dusk and its sequel, is select a number of stories by newer, promising writers and work to try and develop those stories and help those writers develop their own skills.  For me personally, these stories were the most work because they required a greater amount of editing, but they were also the most rewarding. I’m not about changing a writer’s voice or rewriting their story for them, but because of the collaborative relationship I build with the writer, I am able to work out what they want to say, what themes they want to address and what feelings they want the reader to feel. Through the editing process, I strive to help them say those things and present their story to the reader in the most effective manner. There’s nothing better than stepping back from a story after several passes of editing and both the writer and the editor thinking, “Wow, this story really shines now.” Or really packs a punch. Or really churns the stomach. Or really severs your heart strings. You get me. It’s also super validating and gratifying for me as an editor when writers want to work with me again because they see the value I help them bring to their work.

In addition to your work as an editor, you are also an author of numerous short stories. What is your personal approach to writing short fiction? Is there an average length of time or number of drafts it takes you to complete a story, and how much outlining do you do in advance?

I go for long stretches without thinking about writing at all to be honest. I also go for long stretches without writing at all. Then, one day—BOOM!!!—a bunch of shit goes down. I might hear the same song on the radio twice in the same day. That’s a motherfuckin’ sign, man.  Maybe then, in my daydreams, I remember something from my childhood… some bully, some school friend, some scene, some sight or smell, some girl. And just maybe, the night before I was watching a horror movie or reading a horror book involving cannibals.  All of a sudden—I’ve got a story that features Mariah Carey, it’s set in a high school much like that of my hometown, two of the main characters are based off a teen friend and our year 9 science teacher, and somewhere along the line it features some rather hungry people. For me the ideas process is a confluence of random things that just come together and scream “Write me, bitch!” and then I must write.

As far as actual writing process goes: …at heart, I’m a plotter (although I don’t believe in being too rigid about it). Once I’ve got the idea down, I tend to quickly plot out what I feel are the required scenes for a story. Once I’ve worked out what those scenes are, I separate them with Scene breaks and then flesh them out with dot points.  Once I’ve fleshed each scene out as a series of dot points, I return to the start and write the actual story over the top of those dot points. Where the story changes, I relax and let it change. Sometimes I realise things are out of sequence and I move whole scenes around to better rationalise the timeline. Sometimes, I think of a better idea halfway through and then scrap the remaining dot points and just pants the rest.

As a writer, are there any particular themes to which you find yourself returning frequently?

I like, or at least, gravitate to writing about kids or teens. Maybe I do it because childhood and teenagehood are great times in our life for the creating/generating/finding of stories. Maybe it’s because kids are people too and our world is full of them.  I also write a lot of stories about kids who aren’t necessarily good or innocent people. Lots of the kids I write about  do bad things, often times by accident or because they feel they have no choice, or they’ve been conditioned to act that way. Sometimes they do them because kids can be bad people too.  Perhaps, that’s why Suspended in Dusk was my anthology theme. The world of a teenager is a world between worlds, between childhood and adulthood, a time of great change and uncertainty,  a time of growing strength but still vulnerability.  I do suspect that this makes it harder to sell some of my fiction though , perhaps because it’s confronting  and doesn’t fit squarely into adult fiction (child/teen protagonist) or YA fiction (strong themes etc).

Outside of children, I rarely write about good people. There’s a school of thought that people, generally speaking, are innately good or altruistic. I don’t know if I believe this is true. Maybe because I know for me it’s a constant internal battle. There is so much evil in the world…war/racism/sexism/violence/theft/rape/greed/etc… that I have genuine doubts about it.

What upcoming projects are you working on?

Suspended in Dusk 2 is with Books of the Dead Press in their release queue. It should be out in a couple of months.

I’ve found a co-consipirator for an anthology project that I”m hoping to kick off next year. We’ve found most of the writers and will be looking at pitching it soon to publishers.  That’ll probably be my last anthology for a while though as I’d like to focus on my own writing for a while.

I’m also working on putting together my first collection of short stories. I’ve got about 6 of 10 or 12 stories already written. Slowly coming up with the remainder 🙂

Big thanks to Simon Dewar for being part of this week’s author interview series. Find him online at his author site as well as on Amazon and Twitter.

Happy reading!

Homesick for the Sea: The Story Behind “All the Mermaid Wives”

Welcome back, and Happy Friday! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about my fiction, and fortunately, today I get to talk about a brand new story! I am so thrilled and honored to announce that last week, my dark fantasy tale, “All the Mermaid Wives,” made its debut on 87 Bedford!

This is an exciting and auspicious occasion all around. For one, it’s my first original work of fiction to be published since May. I was very fortunate over the summer to have a number of stories put back into publication as reprints, but there’s always a special joy in seeing a story debut in the world. This story is also at once covering new ground and revisiting an old love: it’s my very first mermaid-themed story as well as a return to fairy tales, something I deeply enjoy as both a reader and a writer.

Figures of mythology and folklore have always fascinated me, and I love when I discover a great retelling of an old classic. Consequently, the last few years have been wonderful as a reader of short fiction since many fantastic variations on mythology, and mermaids in particular, have been unleashed in the speculative fiction world.  (One personal favorite of mine is Sunny Moraine’s “So Sharp That Blood Must Flow,” an ultra dark reworking of The Little Mermaid.) That being said, I never imagined that I would add my voice to mermaid literature. If it’s not broken, why fix it? But that’s the thing about inspiration–it can lead you down the unlikeliest roads.

Despite being an only child, something I love to explore in my fiction is the dynamic between sisters. Such relationships have been at the forefront in several of my previous stories, including “A Certain Kind of Spark” (Mantid Magazine), “Through Earth and Sky” (Bracken Magazine), as well as the forthcoming “Reasons I Hate My Big Sister” (Nightscript). In the case of “All the Mermaid Wives,” the story’s genesis was most certainly in the bond between mermaid sisters, Galene and Eleniora. They are the hearts of “All the Mermaid Wives,” and their relationship is what inspired me and spurred me on to tell this particular tale.

I am so pleased to have sold “All the Mermaid Wives” to 87 Bedford. It’s always a joy to work with newer publications. Two of the very best experiences I’ve had thus far in my writing career were being featured in the debut issues of Bracken and Mantid Magazine. Judging from the already fantastic stories featured in 87 Bedford as well as the professionalism of the editor, Lichen Han, I predict a long and illustrious life for 87 Bedford. Although the publication is currently closed to regular submissions, keep an eye out for the next open submission period, and I will be sure to include it on an upcoming Submission Roundup as well! A highly recommended speculative fiction site!

So if all this talk of the ocean has made you yearn for salt, waves, and barnacles, head on over to 87 Bedford for “All the Mermaid Wives.” It’s a strange and lonely tale of mermaids & matrimony, homesickness & heartache, and hopefully, it will inspire you to pen a fairy tale of your own!

Happy reading!

Writing and Werewolves: Interview with Lance Keeble

Welcome back to this week’s author interview! Today I’m thrilled to spotlight Lance Keeble. Lance is the author of numerous short stories as well as the lycanthrophy novel, Globes Disease.

Recently, Lance and I discussed his favorite authors as well as the evolution of his writing. Lance also talks openly about many of the struggles writers face in completing projects as well as how he overcame those obstacles to finish his novel, Globes Disease.

A couple icebreakers to start: When did you first decide to become a writer, and who are some of your favorite authors?

Lance KeebleOff and On I have been writing since I was a child. Around 6 or 7 years old, I would make up songs, write poems, I even wrote, illustrated and bound my first book. It was a story about an ant that becomes an astronaut. My mom had it for years and then I ended up with it. It is now in the safe hands of my mother-in-law.

I have a diverse and eclectic taste but some of my favorite authors include Joe Nazel, Nnedi Okorafor, Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Stephen R. Donaldson, Piers Anthony, Anne Rice, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Chuck Palahniuk, John Byrne, Frank Miller, Howard Chaykin, Dwayne McDuffie, Edgar Allan Poe, Homer and Dr. Seuss.

Congratulations on the April release of your debut novel, Globes Disease! What inspired you to write a multi-perspective story about lycanthropy?

Thank you. Well my original idea for Globes Disease happened around 1985. I asked myself a question, which is how I often start out. What if? How come? Why is something a certain way? Etc.

As it pertains to Globes Disease I asked, “What would happen if a black man was a werewolf? How would he feel walking down the street, having to wonder, “Are they staring at me because I’m Black or because I’m a Lycanthrope?”

Around 2006 I committed to completing the short story, mainly because of being a lifelong fan of sci-fi, horror and adventure. I felt some things had not changed much as far as the main characters. I would often read something or watch something and use my imagination and mentally replace the characters with whom myself, my friends, and family could relate to.

I love ensemble casts of characters. Superhero groups, the diversity that Empire Strikes Back attempted to explore. So I added more characters to my books and the response from beta readers was positive. Eventually my short story turned into 5 novellas; by 2012 I had a collection. That collection eventually was merged to make a complete Novel. Thus giving life to the multiple perspectives.

What writing challenges if any, did you experience in the editing process?

Oh my lord, (laughing) I needed an editor who could make sure my continuity was well developed and consistent. It turned into a hair pulling experience.

My first editor looked at the book and thought it was too long. Then after reading it, she felt it was a fast read and asked me to add a chapter, a cruelty scene that could humanize what animal cruelty from the animals perspective (recurrent theme here), which I thought was a great idea, so I did it. Alas, she had a family illness and had to back out of the project.

Second editor formatted my work and did a good job but then I discovered a missing chapter and had to scour all my drafts till I found it. She had moved on to another project by then so I had to find someone else.

My last editor was great but it took way too long to edit, she had health issues and family health issues, and at some point felt she had low bid the work. With all that we were able to compromise and complete the book with only a few minor disagreements. She was great; she found and helped me correct a lot of issues that I needed found. Overall, she did a great job.

My writing challenges were numerous. Most Writers and Authors deal with deadlines, writers block, criticism and self-doubt. In my case, add, working on a job where you have to leave at a moment’s notice, deal with the constant interruptions and requests for your time. I endured a divorce, a rekindled relationship, a new child, and a myriad of family/friends issues that most people go through but would surely derail any hopes of writing let alone finishing a project.

Blessing or Curse I have a form of AD/HD and OCD, so I had to steal my time or go crazy. Working early mornings, using technology, texting, emailing, syncing things I’d written, when I couldn’t sit down and type on a computer.

It made my work feel schizophrenic at first but it aided my exploration when it came to speaking from multiple perspectives.

In addition to Globes Disease, you’ve also written short fiction. Is your writing process different when crafting longer fiction versus short stories?

Not entirely. I do what I call a brain dump. If I have a compelling idea, I just dump it all on the page and decide what it will become later. Keeps it pure. Some things that I write feel better as scripts, others as short stories and a few just beg to be novels. The first novel I wrote and re-wrote with no outline. The second book, the prequel (that I now need an editor for), I somehow ended up outlining it. It begged to be organized, and doing so worked out great. To me, my writing can often become real and alive, and at some point you feel like you are a loon because the characters take over and tell you what to write.

Do you find one [kind of writing] is more challenging or enjoyable than the other?

Believe it or not, I love poetry. It is pretty cut and dry. Beginning, Middle and End over a couple of pages. Short Stories and Novels can be complicated and of course they have a lot more details you have to cover. You don’t want to over describe or leave out too much. There are more things you have to consider so that you do not go over a certain word count. I wanted my first novel to be short but it kept growing, the more I cut, the more it grew, like hair. (Laugh) But now I look at it, and I don’t see it being any other way.

Your work often leans toward horror and dark fantasy. As an author, what draws you to the supernatural?

Globes DiseaseI love the fantastical. I was the kid who got up early on Saturday mornings to watch superhero cartoons. I devoured creature features with Godzilla and Gamera, etc. I was glued to the set watching black and white horror like, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Dracula; you name it. I read comic books, fantasy, and science fiction…

Later I was thoroughly impressed with An American Werewolf in London, Blade, even the basic premise behind Underworld.

Other works that impacted me were Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven,” Piers Anthony’s On a Pale Horse, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earth Sea and the Thomas Covenant Series by Stephen R. Donaldson. These works and others like it really influenced how I thought about that Genre. It changed how I viewed my work. I like things that are slightly different and away from the traditional.

Where would you like to see your writing career in five years?

I would love to have a large cult following the way Chuck Palahniuk has. I would love to find different ways to present my work as well. Be it Television, comic books, Internet etc. I really just wanna have fun being creative, find my audience and hopefully get paid for it.

What new projects are you currently working on?

I wrote a Super Hero comic, that’s been in several magazines. Well I completed the Graphic Novel script quite some time ago, I am looking for an artist my partner and I can afford, so that they can help create 200 pages of awesomeness.

I am also looking for an artist for a children’s book I’ve completed.

I have written and I am currently writing scripts for Music Video Production Company.

I am also writing another Super Hero prose for Ascension Epoch public-domain-superhero-anthology. The premise is to resurrect public domain characters. I myself am reimagining one and I am excited, I hope I make the cut. That should be available in December.

I wrote another superhero prose titled “Nikia the Pandora,” it will be in Black Power: The Superhero Anthology in December as well.

I finished the prequel to Globes and I am looking for an editor.

I am entering contests, submitting work and looking forward to more events.

Big thanks to Lance Keeble for being part of this week’s author interview series. Find him at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as on the main site for Globes Disease!

Happy reading!

Sinister Centipede: Interview with John Claude Smith

Welcome back to another author interview! This week, I’m pleased to feature John Claude Smith. John Claude is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, Riding the Centipede, as well as the scribe of numerous short stories and the collection, The Wrath of Concrete and Steel from Dynatox Ministries.

Recently, John Claude and I discussed his debut novel as well as his writing plans for the future.

A couple icebreakers to start: when did you first decide to become a writer, and who are some of your favorite authors?

John Claude SmithIt’s not a choice as I’ve always written—don’t all writers say that?—but the point when I realized I should do something serious with writing was in my late twenties.  It was how I spent my free time, and even moments while at work, scribbling notes, poems, tales, etc.  I started submitting short stories—really bad ones, for the most part, but one must start somewhere—to magazines soon thereafter.

As for favorite authors, there are always too many to name, and so many current writers inspire me with every new tale they publish.  We’re really in a prime era for Weird fiction, which is what I enjoy most, but dark, speculative fiction, in general.  So, a few from now: Damien Angelica Walters, Scott Nicolay, Laird Barron, S.P. Miskowski, Christopher Slatsky…and a few from before, though some still write wonderful tales: J.G. Ballard, Clive Barker, Kathe Koja, Lucy Taylor, Charlee Jacob, Joe R. Lansdale, Thomas Ligotti…

Congratulations on all your success with your debut novel, Riding the Centipede! What initially inspired you to write a dark Hollywood noir, and what was the most surprising part of becoming a first-time novelist?

Thank you!  Well, to be honest, as with many writers, the first published novel is not the first novel written. I had written two novels and one other in need of only the finale prior to writing RtC.  The seed for RtC was a short idea I’d written about two guys on a trek to where William S. Burroughs was buried, because they’d heard about the ‘ultimate trip’ one could take by injecting Burroughs’ dead body with some of their blood, then taking the mixture after it incubates, and injecting it into themselves. Hence, the ultimate trip.  I took this idea and fleshed it out.  That’s when Private Investigator, Terrance Blake, came into the picture.  At this point, I let it roll however it wanted to take shape.  That’s when the runaway drug addict, Marlon Teagarden, joined the fray.  The Hollywood background just kind of happened—I don’t ask questions when the Muse is showing me the path.  And then, in the devious ways the Muse works, she introduced me to the nuclear menace, Rudolf Chernobyl…

The most surprising aspect of getting RtC out comes down to two things: from a writing point of view, the fact that I undertook a novel with three perspectives was rather daunting but too much fun. I’d never attempted anything like this.  I feel like I pulled it off, kept everything balanced, fairly well.  From a professional point of view, the great responses to the novel were not exactly a surprise, so much as the overall positive nature of them, including its having been a finalist in the Bram Stoker Superior Achievement in a First Novel category, something I will always cherish. I figured, perhaps I had done something right.

Over the last few years, you’ve written a number of short stories, which have gone on to be published in venues such as Nightscript and The Beauty of Death. How is your process the same or different when you are writing long versus short fiction?

Riding the CentipedeThe difference used to be, short tales were driven by an image or a singular intent, while longer pieces allowed more room to add layers, depth to character, etc.  At this point in my so-called writing career, I sense a desire to write longer pieces most of the time, so every short piece, unless it’s meant to fit into a specific word count, might have more meat added to the bones and become something more than I initially intended.  (When I say meat, I do not mean flab. Never flab. Muscular and lean is what I think of when I read most of my tales, especially the longer ones, which may sound contradictory, but is not…if you read them.)  But, because I enjoy what can be said with more words, the need to keep shorter tales within a certain word count has forced me to sharpen what I say, how I say things, so even the shorter tales might become something more, something stronger.  I sense having written a good number of longer pieces—I love novelettes—this has improved how I go about writing short stories.  The process used to feel much different, but now, perhaps not as much.  I write.  Whatever is necessary for the tale is how I go about writing it, no matter the length.

Your collection, The Wrath of Concrete and Steel, is available now from Dynatox Ministries. What can we expect from this title (gorgeous cover, by the way!)?  

When Jordan Krall, the head of Dynatox Ministries/Dunhams Manor Press, showed me the cover, my response was immediate: I loved it!  As for the “collection,” it’s less a collection and more a three-pack of weird tales written with an urban backdrop.  The tales are in a way perhaps subtler than some of my work, but I say this then realize there’s a scene here and there that might make the reader step back, so who knows? I do know the first tale, “The Land Lord,” a 15.6k novelette, and the last tale, “The Wounded Table,” a 4.9k short story, are amongst what I consider to be my very best writing…so far.

An aside: I recently, with the impending release of Wrath, have thought of my books in music terms, ahem.  I’ve got two full-length albums (my collections, The Dark is Light Enough for Me, and Autumn in the Abyss), a full-length concept album (Riding the Centipede), three limited edition singles (my single-tale chapbooks, Dandelions, Vox Terrae, and The Anti-Everything) and now, my first E.P.!

As a horror writer, what do you hope to see in the future for the genre?

This is actually a hard question, because what I want from any writing is simply better writing—writing that sings—and tales that capture the imagination.  Period.  Stories that connect on a human level, then take that connection and really shake things up, inspiring awe or dread or any number of responses.

As for specifically horror, perhaps growth away from the tropes, not that there’s not a place for them, but expanding the vision of what we do seems a more relevant move.  Diversity of voices and a broader scope of ideas really inspire my own writing as well.

What upcoming projects are you working on?

There’s so much in the mix.  I’m presently writing two novellas/short novels, one of which should be completed by, say, the end of August.  It actually deals with one of those aforementioned tropes, and spins it on its head.  I also have three more tales to write to complete my longest collection of short stories.  Two if not all three of the tales promise to have some meat on them, being novelettes if not a novella for one of them.  A couple short stories for anthology requests fills out the rest of this year, though at all times there’s the possibility of a new tale here and there…

Big thanks to John Claude Smith for being part of this week’s author interview series. Find him online at Facebook and Twitter as well as his blog, The Wilderness Within.

Happy reading!

Lady Death: Interview with Jamie Wargo

This week, I’m excited to feature author Jamie Wargo. Jamie is the scribe of numerous short stories as well as a first reader as part of Sanitarium Magazine’s Faculty.

Jamie and I recently discussed her inspiration as an author as well as what writing plans are in store for her burgeoning career.

A couple icebreakers to start: when did you first decide to become a writer, and who are some of your favorite authors?

Jamie WargoI think I’ve always wanted to write, but it wasn’t until the last few years that I actually started writing. I remember my second grade teacher handing out blank books and instructing the class to write a short story, my classmates grumbled but I couldn’t wait to get started.
As far as my favorite authors, I would have to say Stephen King has always been at the top of my list, as well as Anne Rice, HP Lovecraft, HG Wells, Poe, and way too many short fiction authors, yourself included, to list. By the way, “All the Hippies Are Dying” is great!

You’re a slush pile reader at Sanitarium Magazine. When you’re reading a story, are there certain things you’re looking for that help you determine whether you will say yes or no, or is it more of a feeling that a story inspires in you?

I guess it would be the feeling that a story inspires in me. When I’m reviewing a submission, I look for that “wow” factor. If it make me think the rest of the team really needs to see it, it’s definitely getting sent over for further review. It’s a team effort at Sanitarium but the final decision comes down to our Editor in Chief, Barry Skelhorn.

You’re currently based in my beloved home state of Ohio. Do any local landmarks or even the general Rust Belt aesthetic of the area ever creep its way into your work?

SanitariumDefinitely! A couple of the stories I’ve written are based on a friend’s property in Noble County, it’s in southeastern Ohio so it’s more rural than Rust Belt. I actually wrote “Residual Haunting” while on a camping trip there.The story is fictional but the house is real, and it sits on the property where we camp. I looked at the old house one night and thought, “there is a creepy ghost story in there somewhere.” I spent the next day writing on a cabin porch, thirty feet away from the actual house.

I also have a story I’m finishing up called “Coyote Ridge.” It’s another one based on that property. We found a coyote den not far from the camp site and my writer brain went “what if they aren’t normal coyotes?”

If forced to choose, which is your favorite part of the writing process: developing characters, crafting dialogue, or creating atmosphere or setting?

I would say I like to create setting. In “Residual Haunting,” the setting was a real house but I added some fictional elements and changed the layout to make it work for the atmosphere I needed. In another project, I played with the landscape, adding a dry creek bed that becomes a hazard for a character, and a forest line the characters need to get to, but it’s too far away. Throw in a cloudy night and an explosion, and you end up with a very intense scene.

What upcoming projects can we expect from you?

I am currently working on a couple of novellas, but I think they want to be novels so I am just along for the ride at this point. I hope to have them finished before the end of the year. I have a few short stories I’m getting ready to send out and with a little luck something will be published soon.

Where would you like to see your writing career in five years?

I would like to be writing full time, from my own lake house.. A girl can dream, can’t she? In case that doesn’t happen, I would be happy to see my work on a bookshelf, even if only a shelf in my office.

Big thanks to Jamie Wargo for being this week’s featured author. Find her online at Facebook and Twitter!

Happy reading!