Monthly Archives: September 2013

How I Answered the Challenge…by Julianne Snow

Julianne SnowWhat would one do when having the elements of their fate delivered to them by the Norns? Well, they’d write themselves a story…

Recently I took part in the Wicked Women Writers Challenge after having been dealt what I feel was a fairly rough
hand by the clever yet cheeky Norns:

  • My Apocalyptic Disaster – Super Volcano
  • My Location – A Commuter Train
  • My ‘Helpful’ Item – A Bottle of Jack Daniels
  • My Disadvantage – Being Naked

The challenge was to take the four elements and weave a story around them, all while answering the penultimate question: How Will You Survive? Trust me, it wasn’t easy…

I sat at my computer and wrote somewhere in the neighbourhood of three potential stories combining the elements in different ways before deciding upon a completely different angle to attack the challenge from. And from that point forward, there was no turning back.

To give you a quick synopsis:
“After a failed and disastrous sexual interlude on her commute home, our heroine is shocked to discover the train she’s riding upon is rushing headlong into the path of an erupting volcano. Completely naked, how will she survive when panic sets in?”
Gripping huh? That’s what I thought! It’s filled not only with elements of horror, but I’ve mixed in a good dose of comedy as well. How could I not? Facing down a super volcano while being naked bespeaks to a certain amount of needed comedic flare.

So in the end, Not All Jacks Are Created Equal is a dark comedic tale that certainly answers the questions the Norns asked. You’ll just have to read or listen to find out how our heroine survives.

Julianne Snow’s Bio:

Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series. She writes within the realms of speculative fiction and has roots that go deep into horror. Julianne has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, Open Casket Press, James Ward Kirk Publishing and Hazardous Press as well as the forthcoming shorts in anthologies from 7DS Books, Phrenic Press, and the Coffin Hop charity anthology Death by Drive-In. Look for parts in a number of collaborative projects to be announced shortly.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @CdnZmbiRytr
Facebook: Julianne Snow
FB Fan Page: Julianne Snow, Author
Amazon Author Page: Julianne Snow
Blogs: Days with the Undead & The FlipSide of Julianne


Rebecca Snow Interview

dawn How did you find out about the Wicked Women Writer Challenge and is it your first time participating?

Last year, I was challenged to participate by a fellow writer. I thought it might be fun, so I did. This year, I didn’t need a challenge.

Did you have any challenges writing your story once you got your challenge or did it come easy to you?

The most difficult part for me was deciding what the biological weapon would do. There were so many choices, but I had to pick one. I tried giant sand fleas in one draft, but it only made me itch.

What kind of style do you usually write?

I’ll write anything except erotic fiction. My inner twelve-year-old won’t stop giggling. Horror is my favorite. It’s a great way to release any frustrations I bottle.

Do you have anything you are working on now that we should look forward to?

I’m not sure if anyone should look forward to it, but I’ve been working on a novel that expands one of my short stories. It’s interesting seeing more of the characters than they showed me in the short.

You can find out more about Rebecca Snow at
Twitter @cemeteryflower

Leigh M. Lane Interview

How did you find out about the Wicked Women Writer Challenge and is it your first time participating?
I learned about the challenLMLanege through Killion Slade, who was last year’s winner and this year’s hostess.  I listened to her winning podcast and loved the different voices and sound effects she used to complement her story.  That’s pretty much what sold me.

This was my first year participating, actually my first stab at a dramatic podcast, so I had to overcome a small learning curve.  The resources and tips Killion provided were very helpful.

Did you have any challenges writing your story once you got your challenge or did it come easy to you?
It came pretty easily once I’d figured out how to piece together the four parts to the challenge, a nanotech invasion taking place in a bullet train, with hand sanitizer as an unlikely tool and extreme itchiness as an untimely disability.  It was actually a pretty fun challenge.

What kind of style do you usually write? 
I tend to write with a literary slant regardless of the genre, although I do use a less assuming style with some of my horror.  I enjoy writing prose that contains more than just a story, using subtext, symbolism, and form to dig a little deeper beyond the plot.  It’s a challenging style, but one that I feel is just as rewarding.

Do you have anything you are working on now that we should look forward to?
I’m currently shopping The Private Sector, a political dystopian horror novel that prequels my dark, corporate dystopia, World-Mart.  I’d initially sent it out to beta readers with the idea in mind that I would be marketing it as sci-fi with elements of horror, but everyone who’s read it has insisted that it’s more horror with elements of sci-fi.  I have a short story in an upcoming circus sideshow-themed anthology, although the release date is still TBA, and I hope to have three or four more anthology contributions to announce soon.

Bio: 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 finalist in the 2013 EPIC Awards in horror.

Her other novels include THE HIDDEN VALLEY HORROR, inspired by Barker, Bradbury, and King; WORLD-MART, a tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut; and the allegorical tale, MYTHS OF GODS.
For more information about Leigh M. Lane and her writing, visit her website at  Leigh also has a Facebook page at and Twitter account @LeighMLane.

It’s Time For the Wicked Women Writers Challenge

This year, the WWW Challenge theme is How Will You Survive? I, along with 12 others was assigned an apocalyptic disaster, a location, a helpful object, and an untimely diwwwposter2013sability. Voting starts September 7th and ends October 7th. Stories will air on podcast #95 September 7th on the show. To vote, email Put “vote” in the subject line.

I got a terrorist invasion, in a greenhouse, with a skateboard and I have a migraine. It was pretty challenging but I hope you enjoy my story, Static.

You can also read along with the stories and catch words you might have missed on Be sure and listen to all 13 stories before casting your vote!

The winner will be announced on the October 19th Finale of Horror podcast show. Break a Leg, Wickeds!  The wicked entrants are listed in order of submission for their completed podcasts.