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 http://www.cerebralwriter.com.  Leigh also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeighMLane 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 http://www.horroraddicts.net show. To vote, email horroraddicts@gmail.com. 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 horroraddicts.net. Be sure and listen to all 13 stories before casting your vote!

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

 

King of Bad

King of BadKing of Bad

Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.

He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?

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When the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fire and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died, the end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for younger children Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults.

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NOS4A2 Review

NOS4A2NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. It was magical, never boring and something I could pick back up and immediately start over. I’ve been a fan for a while but this one simply floored me; I was already picking out who I’d want to play the parts in a movie and a movie is surely something that needs to be made. I’m almost sorry that I’m done with it because it was just that awesome.

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2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge

www2013whoThis is what I’m up to soon. Listen to the short mp3 and you’ll hear all about it. 🙂 I have a terrorists, a skateboard and a migraine while in a greenhouse.

2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge

American Mary

As a horror writer, theramerican_mary_ver2e are times when you say to yourself, “I wish I’d written that” and with American Mary, this is one of those times.

American Mary is a horror movie but it’s so much more than that. You see, when I watch a movie, television show (especially with a reality show) or read a book, I have to bond with the characters. If I don’t care about them, I do not enjoy what I’m seeing or reading. With American Mary, I bonded instantly. I believe it is because Mary is a girl just like any one of us. She has problems paying her bills, she owns a pet bird, she has her own little quirks but she’s most importantly, normal.

It is only after certain horrifying circumstances do things start to spiral out of control yet you still want to hug her and tell her it’ll be okay even when she does the unthinkable.

This movie has all of the elements that you want in a horror film; attachment, repulsion, sadness, originality, a brilliant script, stellar acting and when all of that is combined you get a movie that you can watch over and over again.

What you may not be aware of is that the movie is by the brilliant Soska sisters of Twisted Twins Productions. Yes, this is an unbeatable horror movie written by two girls and that in itself makes this girl proud. While girls and women are moving up in the horror world, it doesn’t hurt that you get such a polished and perfect movie with American Mary, where the Soska twins also shine as actors.

I loved this film. It’s rare that I find something so original and brilliant all at the same time, something that I can’t wait to see again or tell my friends about and this movie not only achieves that but more. There are layers to this film and in its simplicity, it’s as deep as any movie you’ll find. Check it out on Amazon, you won’t be disappointed.

The Red Dress

The Red Dress Cover My newest short story is out and I’m especially fond of this one for a few reasons. For one, I designed the cover myself. Now I have done a couple of my covers but nothing stands out like this one. I got permission to use the artwork and I think it fits perfectly. Another reason is that this story took more time than most. I had no idea where I wanted to take it so I just started writing and it fell together. It took a few months though, unlike many of the others. The other reason is that I put a lot into it, making sure that the initial reactions I got were taken into consideration so what you see is a second or third edition of the story. Basically, I fleshed it out more thanks to some advice. I hope you enjoy it and you can find it here.

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