Welcoming Wicked Women Writer D.M. Slate!

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This evening at A Diamond in the Dark, I’m welcoming fellow Wicked Women Writer D.M. Slate! Her challenge involved an encounter with strange matter on a gridlocked interstate with only a gas mask and an elderly parent. Did she survive? You’ll have to go to Horror Addicts and give it a listen. While you’re there, listen to ALL the podcast entries and don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

In the meantime, please WELCOME D.M.Slate to the blog!

Amy: What roped you in to this podcast challenge, and what did you think when you opened the email and realized your podcasted predicament?

D.M.: I was pulled in by the theme… I have a special place in my heart for apocalypse.  Beyond that, I was intrigued by the thought of turning one of my stories into a podcast, which I’d never done before.

I was completely baffled by my predicament – dark matter/strange matter….. say what?  I had to do a lot of research!  Beyond that, my character was stuck on the interstate, with a gas mask as a weapon, trying to care for an elderly parent.

I started the story several times, coming at it from different angles, but I just kept hitting a roadblock… no pun intended.  I actually got frustrated and just put the story aside, and then finally, I was able to work it all into a wicked tale of horror.  Muhahahaha!

Amy: Mu ha ha indeed! It’s a chilling and atmospheric read and listen to. I want to encourage everyone reading this interview to go and listen AND read it! Did you enjoy the podcasting aspect of the challenge? Do you think you’ll do more podcasts?

D.M.: Yes, and yes – for sure!  The podcast was very intimidating at first, and I felt dumb sitting in the closet, reading into my computer. But once I got beyond that self-consciousness, I started to have a blast!  My problem ended up being the 10 minute time allowance for the story.  I had to edit things very closely to make the story fit.

I will most definitely be doing more podcasts in the future!
Amy:  Epic! I can’t wait to hear more from you! But, you’re a mom with kids. What does your family think of your writing?

D.M.: My husband is very supportive, always helping me come up with new twists and turns for my plots.  My kids would love to help, too, but I tend to “shield” them from my stories.  They’re only in 2nd and 3rd grade, so I generally tell them that I write “scary adult stories”, and we leave it at that.  ;0)

Amy: I can completely relate to that. Even though my kids are older, I have to say, when they ask to read something I’ve written: “Not until you’re 30 or I’m dead.” So, how long have you been writing and what will we be seeing from you in the future? How did you get started writing?

D.M.: I’ve been writing with the intent of publication for almost 5 years, now.  I wrote my 1st novella on my lunch-breaks, over the course of several months…because I was bored.  Since then, I’ve been hooked!  My mind is always spinning some sort of outlandish tale that I need to get out on paper.

Currently, I have several short stories out to publishers on query right now, and I’m working on my next novel, Oculus Sinister.  I also hope to do more podcasting in the future, as well.

Amy: Oh, that’s wonderful! I wish you all the best! But, now, I have to as the question: what is your favorite cookie?

D.M.: Peanut Butter – without a doubt!!

Isn’t she cool? Now, run out and find her evil-peanut-butter-cookie-loving self and find her on Facebook via the clickable link below and make sure you stop by her blog (also a clickable link below) and show her some Wicked Women Writer love!
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Welcoming Wicked Women Writer Leigh M. Lane!

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Here at A Diamond In The Dark, we’re THRILLED (and a little terrified) to welcome Wicked Women Writer Leigh M. Lane. I must say, and I mean this is in the nicest of ways, if she doesn’t scare you, no living thing will. Haven’t checked out her podcast yet? You need to. It’s all sorts of creepy-unsettling-psychological-terror like I like. It’s available at www.horroraddicts.net, so go there and read it and listen to it *shudders* You’ll thank me .. maybe … no, you will. Trust me… So now, without further ado, please welcome Leigh with a Guest Post!

Writing Wicked

I remember back when I was a teenager writing about vampires and diabolical villains, one day my dad took a look at my work and asked with a painfully sincere face, “Can’t you write about something … happy?”  I’d tried to explain my motivations to him, but back then even I wasn’t entirely sure what drew me to write such dark and twisted tales.

Since then, I’ve realized my reasons are as complicated as they are diverse.  My first impulse is to explain my desire to delve into the darkest reaches of the human psyche as being my own way of making sense of all the craziness that exists all around us.  I firmly believe that the more realistic the story, the greater the potential horror.  Imagined monsters might scare their audiences, but real-world evils have the potential to haunt them.

I must admit, I get a thrill in knowing I will leave at least some of my readers with psychological hitchhikers that have the capacity to linger and torment them long after they’ve finished a given story.  I’m a bit sadistic that way.  That’s my darker side.

Conversely, part of what motivates me stems from a more altruistic side.  Some of the wickedness I write comes from a need to address social evils I believe deserve the attention.  I feel that, if I can haunt my readers with what haunts me, perhaps some of them might feel motivated to effect some kind of change.  I can’t say I’ve made any notable difference, but gauged by some of my reviews, I can say with absolute certainty that a few of my stories have affected people.  One of my favorite reader responses was an expression of horror and discomfort for having read my dystopia World-Mart, that it was a difficult and painful read, one she would never want to revisit—but one she was grateful to have endured.

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In my Wicked Women Writers’ story, “Enter the Corruption,” I explore technology gone too far, posing the question, has our growing dependence on technology created a sense of disconnect throughout modern society?  The story prequels my novella, “The Corruption,” which compares this disconnect to a zombie apocalypse, suggesting that we are giving up a part of what makes us human by spending increasing amounts of time interacting in cyberspace instead of in person.  The “Corrupted” are the result of a technological breakthrough gone terribly wrong, their minds reduced to the equivalent of computer hardware—intelligent and functional, but devoid of all emotion.  Moreover, the nanotechnology that has made them that way is contagious, threatening the very essence of the human spirit.

Pretty wicked, at least from where I stand.

 About the author:

Leigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years.  She has ten published novels and twelve published short stories divided among different genre-specific pseudonyms.  She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the beautiful mountains of western Montana.

Her traditional Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe, was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in horror.  Her other novels include the supernatural thriller, The Hidden Valley Horror, inspired by Barker, Bradbury, and King; World-Mart, a tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut; and the dark allegorical tale, Myths of Gods.

For more information, visit her website at http://www.cerebralwriter.com.  You can also find her on Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

Welcoming Wicked Women Writer Anastasia Marie Robinson!

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Welcome Marie Robinson to A Diamond In The Dark! She is the author of Motherhood, one of the 13 Wicked Women Writers Podcasts available at www.horroraddicts.com. Her challenge? Well, survive a bug-induced disaster at a circus with only a backpack for defense whilst caring for a small child. Let’s just say she took the bugs and circus vibe to the nth degree with her storytelling, and you’ll just CRINGE if either of those things even get to you a little bit! Go listen! But, first, find out about Marie here! And if you love her podcast, you’re going to love her other projects, too!

Amy: Welcome to A Diamond In The Dark, Marie! First, a background! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Marie: I’m from St. Louis, Missouri, 21 years old. I write my blog, Fascination With Fear and for a local horror website called Destroy the Brain. My most recent publication was in an anthology put together by Blysster Press for this year’s Crypticon convention.

Amy: Epic! I’m thinking Marie is one of the youngest of the Wicked Women Writers this year, but trust me, she’s uber-creepy with her bug vibe, and, as I read her story, I wondered … Marie … how do you feel about bugs? I mean … really…

Marie: I like to think that I’m not afraid of bugs–I don’t scream when I see them but, well… they’re unpleasant. We have this disgusting specimen in my home state called the Missouri Cave Spider. Look it up if you don’t want to sleep tonight.

Amy: O__O Oookay … This kind of leads me to my next question: from where do you like to draw your inspiration?

Marie: I draw my inspiration heavily from folklore; it is a passion and obsession of mine. I love urban legends, ghost stories… for this reason one of my most beloved authors is Ambrose Bierce as he spins his yarns in such a way that it feels like someone is relating a personal experience of theirs to you. I love that.

Amy: Oooo, epic! I’m right there with you! Was this your first foray into podcasting? What did you think of it?

Marie: This was my first time in podcasting but I don’t at all think it will be my last. I love horror stories in audio form, for much of the same reason I mentioned above. It feels personal, it feels like someone is talking directly to you. Storytelling at its truest form.

Amy: I liked that feel to it, too. What are you working on now? Please feel free to shamelessly plug anything and everything!

Marie: I’m always writing. My blog is the most constant source of my writing you can get, although it isn’t fiction–it’s reviews and original columns. My next fiction piece will be released by Dark Hall Press in a forthcoming ghost story themed anthology–my favorite! You can get information on the release date and such by following my blog.

Amy: Here’s where I shamelessly plug Marie’s blog. Ready? Find it here: http://fascinationwithfear.blogspot.com/ . And now, probably the most important question you’ll answer this month: what is your favorite cookie?

Marie: It’s cruel of you to make me choose just one but I think I will have to settle with Thin Mints. The other day I had this Thin Mint/Crunch Bar hybrid… I’ve since ascended to a higher plane of existence.

Isn’t she AWESOME? Make sure you check out her blog and her podcast! Listen to all 13 Wicked Women Writers and then VOTE for your favorite from now until October 7th. Who will survive? Who will win? (you get to decide that last bit!)