Vote for a cover!

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Hi everyone:  So excited!  I just launched a poll to vote on the cover of my new book.  I’d love your opinion.  Soulmates, Inc. is a sexy paranormal thriller about ghosts who invade Seattle one body at a time.  If you’d like to vote, drop me a line and I’ll add you to the poll.  Much thanks!

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#1 and #2 Creepiest Places in Seattle

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#2:  The Fremont Troll:  Only a fool would dare to mount the hand of this behemoth.  I still get a shiver every time I drive past this grumpy gatekeeper.

But Seattle’s creepiest spot will always be:

#1:  Pioneer Square:  There’s a reason the ghost tour starts here.  Even with all the urban development and shmancy new restaurants, Pioneer Square is still Seattle’s oldest, spookiest neighborhood.  The alleys in PS are particularly damp and shadowy, which is why I opted to set a dastardly deed in my book down one of those brick-lined passages.

Check back soon for a special book reveal.

Happy Halloween, friends!

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Creepiest Place in Seattle

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#3 Georgetown’s Haunted Castle (built 1902):  On dark nights, a woman’s ghost appears in the upstairs window.  Described as “tall, slender and severe-looking, with eyes like burning coal,” she clutches her hands at her throat.  Who is she?  Why is she there?  What is she trying to say?

Kudos to Friends Of Georgetown (www.georgetownhistory.com) for ghost specs.

Share your own spooky sites below in comments!

 

 

#4 Creepiest Place in Seattle

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#4 Tenth floor of the downtown library:  This place is well-lit and well-staffed.  So why is it on the list?  The vertigo views and the space alien elevator are creepy enough, but the archives of books, with all their history and secrets, raise the ghosts of old Seattle.  There’s a reason I set my novel’s creepiest scenes up here in the haunted loft.  Visit yourself, alone, on a rainy night, if you dare …

Got spooky?  Add your creepy Seattle places in the comments below, or share a creepier place from your own town …

 

 

Top 5 Creepy Spots in Seattle

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In honor of my favorite holiday (Halloween!) and the impending release of my creepy Seattle paranormal novel (Soulmates, Inc!) I am counting down the top 5 creepiest places in Seattle.

#5 The Gum Wall:  Ick!  If you’ve never seen the grossest tourist spot in Seattle, it’s right under Pike Place Market and it’s nas-teee!  Imagine an entire wall covered in chewed up, spit out gum, and you basically have it.

More to come.  Vote for your own creepy spot in the comments section below.

Interview with Lois Taylor

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Seattle writer/poet Lois Taylor has published widely in such literary magazines as The Kenyon Review, Del Sol Review, American Short Fiction and Glimmer Train.  Disclosure, she’s also a great friend.

Lois, your short stories are like diamonds.  If there’s a flaw there, ain’t nobody gonna find it.  

My writing has changed since having a writing group. Because the group has been meeting for a while, we are all pretty tuned to each other’s weaknesses and strengths. For instance: I’m prone to cut and sometimes cut so much that the sense of the story is gone. I really don’t notice this at the time of rewrite, or even several rewrites. Having those other eyes and voices has really helped. Also, I get new ideas from the various stories the group is bringing.

You are crazy prolific.

People with full time jobs and families – which is mostly everybody – simply don’t have the time that I do. I haven’t worked full time in a decade now, and that’s what a decade worth of writing will produce.

You write great kids.  

Thank you for that, because I fear they can be a little sitcom-y. Nothing worse than a smarty pants kid. I had a colorful, event-filled childhood and something got stuck there for me. I can’t not see the world from the viewpoint of a terrified but fascinated eight-year-old.

You’ve had a long track record of publishing success.  How have short stories evolved in recent years? 

I think the new voices are fearless. They seem very science-inflected to me, or maybe science fiction. It’s as if younger writers are running away from reality, screaming. I also see a lot of memoir-style writing, which is possibly a fad of the time, but also fascinating to me.

Whose writing inspires you? 

Sharon Olds writes fearless personal poems. Ditto Marie Howe. The poem to her brother who died of AIDS breaks my heart every time. I love Marisa Silver’s short stories. Elizabeth Tallent’s stories are so complex and smart. I tend to like female short story writers more. Sexist, I guess, but it is the truth.

Check out Lois’ writing online:

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5 Writers Who Inspire Me to Write

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*Special thanks to my husband for lending me his laptop for this post. 

Need some writing inspiration?  Here you go!  When I read these writers, I’m immediately inspired to do my own best work …

  1. Junot Diaz:  Writing joy on every page.  Check out The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. “Our hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about — he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock.”
  2. James Baldwin: Always wrote with a vengeance.  Every character got a voice and a soul.  Check out Another Country.  “People don’t have any mercy. They tear you limb from limb, in the name of love. Then, when you’re dead, when they’ve killed you by what they made you go through, they say you didn’t have any character. They weep big, bitter tears – not for you. For themselves, because they’ve lost their toy.”
  3. Thomas Pynchon:  Imagination unleashed.  Check out Gravity’s Rainbow.  “It is the dark, hard, tobacco-starved, headachy, sour-stomach middle of the day, a million bureaucrats are diligently plotting death …”
  4. Fyodor Dostoevsky:  Lust for life, written down, as translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.  Check out The Brothers Karamazov.  “In most cases, people, even wicked people, are far more naive and simple-hearted than one generally assume.  And so are we.”
  5. Lois Taylor:  The Queen of Short Fiction.  The Poet of Capitol Hill.  Check out … my next post 🙂

Your turn, fellow writers.  Who inspires you to write?