Saturday, July 25, 2009

Uploads and Interviews

For those who haven't glanced over at HorrorScope lately, I have posted a couple of reviews (Chris Simms' 'The Edge' and Kaaron Warren's 'Slights', both wonderful books) and *drum roll* my interview with Scottish crime writer Stuart MacBride. I interviewed him during the wild storm in Perth on Monday night, and also attended his author talk at the Melville Civic Centre.

I was mighty chuffed to see how much of a pleasant guy he was - willing to talk at length about anything I asked. He really loves his craft, and gave me more experience as to how to talk to a crowd about my own writing (I try to go to as many author talks as possible for this very reason - not all are good!). If you haven't bought a copy of his latest novel, 'Blind Eye', you need to - I'll be posting the review for that shortly (it's damn good, which is why I'm saying to buy it).

Now to practice my own speech/reactions for interviews and author talks, just in case...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Double Dose of Delight

Fantastic Scottish crime writer Stuart MacBride is touring Australia during July, and I will be interviewing him during his Perth leg of the tour! I became an instant fan after reading ‘Flesh House’ last year, which I reviewed and recommended on HorrorScope’s end of year editorial list. I am deep into his next novel, ‘Blind Eye’, and have not been disappointed (well, thus far). So I will try my hardest to act professional and not like a gushing fan. Now, to think of some interesting questions...

As if that wasn’t enough, the 2nd Anniversary of my Eclecticism E-zine is fast approaching (31 July 2009) and to celebrate the occasion I have had a little (well, HUGE) help from UK author Joseph D’Lacey (of ‘Meat’ and ‘The Garbage Man’ fame (Bloody Books, UK)), who is contributing a long short story to the issue! I can’t wait for you all to read the story, because it’s a good one (of course). And of course I haven’t stopped fainting from the kind contribution. It’s all quite surreal to me.

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover of Eclecticism E-zine Issue #9:



The lessons here: keep doing what you love, it will pay off; and never, ever (and I’ve said this before) underestimate the power of ASKING.