Sunday, 12 December 2010
I'm new at this whole publishing thing, having spent many years honing my love for writing, before seeing any of my work published. I currently have six short stories accepted for publication and a Novella under consideration this year. I've always been a huge fan of anything thriller/horror/suspense, which came from my love of horror movies since I was just knee high to a grasshopper. So finally seeing some of my work in print is a real humbling experience for me.
All I can say about myself is that I'm a full time daddy, husband, and writer, with a great day job at the Family Service league which hosts the NYS office of Aging, in their Long term Care Ombudsman program, a resident advocacy agency that has oversight responsibility in NYS Dept. Of Health Licensed Adult Care Facilities. I'm the coordinator for this program, so I go in to a home whenever one of our volunteers I supervise informs me that there is an alleged incident of resident abuse or neglect to investigate. If I find out the allegation is substantiated, I bring in the State officials to continue our responsibilities to protect the resident.”
Of course I love anything dark with regards to fiction, so I also plan on opening some fictional anthologies down the road once this really takes off. I figure we can do some psychological thrillers and stories that deal with mental illness.”
Charles: “I'm hoping to eventually have a bunch of books for the adult care industry, including an adult home workshop book series that will aid the caregivers looking to place their loved ones into an adult care facility. I want them to know what truly goes on inside, how to find the best home, and answer any questions they may have. I also want this workshop series to be useful to the Providers, so they can share their stories about issues and concerns they have in the homes they own or run.
Of course my ultimate goal is to have non-fiction books that will be geared to all the agencies that help in some way when they provide mental health services to the residents in these homes.
As for the fiction part, well that is more of a personal endeavour. I'm hoping to come out with some really good books that will provide some entertainment for the people we serve and even further out to the general public, so they can see what goes on in the minds of people who are normal just like us, they are just survivors with writing talents to share their fictional thoughts.”
Charles: “I'll let Charlie in the Box talk about this. Besides, he's been waiting to talk. Go ahead Charlie.”
*Charlie pops out of his box and waves, shows his trademark shiny, razor sharp teeth between pursed red lips, and begins* “Hello all. Yes, Charles and I usually get together and brainstorm on what our next story is going to be. Sometimes we play out the characters first, other moments we tend to spend time down in my dingy old box together, writing our deepest thoughts on paper.”
“Ok, Charlie. That is true. As for the second part of your question Mark, I relate with all my characters to some degree. Many have come from my twenty or so years working with the mentally ill, 12 of those years locked in a psych ward with some seriously dangerous individuals. Their voices are still hidden deep within my head. They all have stories to tell. The more I write down their stories, the fewer voices I hear.”
“Finally, where do you see yourself in the future?”
Charles: “I love to write, and I'm learning more each year. I want to see myself as a better writer in the future. I also want to continue writing stories people will enjoy, but stories that will question just how far one will go before they crack.
I'm hoping to hear good news about our Novella 'Redemption' that Mark and I co-wrote. I can't wait to share this great and scary story with everyone. From there, I have a few novel projects I'm still working on, so I'd have to say that in the future, I hope to see myself as a full time writer with books and short stories that I can share with everyone. I'll still keep my day job somehow.”
*Charlie in the Box interrupts,* “And I want Charles to sell an ample amount of books so he can by me a new and bigger box.”
Thank you, Mark, for the interview, and I also look forward to working with you in the future. We still need to share a virtual beer, since we are between an extremely large body of water and unable to sit at the bar together.”
Saturday, 11 December 2010
I guess I should shut up and go back to writing.
Did you know that the Reverend Robert Shields maintained a diary chronicling every 5 minutes of his life from 1972 until 1997. The hypergraphic work contained approximately 38 million words.
I got that from Wikipedia. I'm not like that. So the 'opposite of writers block' is an awful affliction, that obviously effects the lives of the people it touches.
I guess I've just got 'Kevin'.
Now, the question remains on what the name is of someone who pointlessly researches things.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Firstly, the horror novella collection that I've been working on with Charles Day a.k.a. Charlie in the Box is now complete, and even over at an editor - who loved our query letter btw - for consideration. I'm hoping that Charlie will pop by in the not so distant future and do an interview with me, but for now here he is:
Meet Charlie in the Box.
You can of course find Charlie here: http://charlesdayfictionwriter.blogspot.com/, so go check him out, but don't ask for a hug!
I've finally made the big start on the Wicked Bag of Tales, and that is shaping up.
Daily Bites of Flesh is now available:
From Amazon (US) here: http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Bites-Flesh-2011-Horrifying/dp/1617060186/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1291453330&sr=8-1
And Daily Flash is available:
Well, that's all for now, but I'll be back.
Monday, 8 November 2010
First of all the Shootout is now complete and came in second place! Yay! I recieved copies of the books Twisted Fish and Haunted, both autographed by contributing author Matt Nord (Farmboy).
So obviously I'm busy tidying my stories editing and expanding for the upcoming There Can Be Only One. - One done, three to go!
I've got the Novella back from my reader (cheers Paul) and I'm in the final stages of completing that (Look out for it Charlie! It's on the way)
... and I'm still formulating my plots for the Wicked Bag of Tales.
So this is why I haven't been here a huge amount. Sorry.
By the way The Last Man Anthology is now available from Amazon.com:
So there you have it, I'll try to get back a bit quicker next time.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
I've been unavailable to update in a while so here goes:
Firstly the acceptance;
I recieved the fantastic news that my story (subbed in April BTW) 'Humanity' was accepted into the anthology "Ransom - give me what I want and I'll go away (Maybe)" over at Wicked East Press. (Thanks Jessica). That means that not only am I in their flagship first publication "Cup of Joe" but also their second. It feels like I'm becoming one of the family there (or maybe a hostage) what with the shootout, wicked bag and all.
Here's the cover:
Next we have the Available;
And the Novella;
I've been talking to Charles Day, a novelist from NY, and he's spawned an idea. Two men, sharing a car, share in an unfortunate and fatal accident. It just isn't them that get it - but they do have the same fate in store.
Charles is writting the story of Al Fudrucker, and I, Benny Fairweather. Two very different characters.
We've got a publisher in mind, and currently have our heads down, plugging away to make something special.
I'd just like to take this time to thank Charlie for working with me, and for the support that I've recieved from him over my work. Thanks Charlie.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
The quote above is from CIRCLE OF DISHONOR. I think it says quite a lot about why I chose to set a series of Victorian era murder mysteries in Kentucky.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
Sorry - I just had to share.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
In the mean time, Wicked East and the Collab of the Dead have announced that the stories are going into an Anthology: There Can Be Only One.
Sunday, 15 August 2010
The Wicked East Press/Collaboration of the Dead Shootout is reaching the end of submissions for round one today. Mine's securely in place already. The theme chosen was Time Travel/Bending. Not the easiest thing in the world to magic something up for.
I've had further acceptances into the Bites of Flesh Antho over at Pill Hill. "Dogs of War", "The Heart of a Vampire", "The Wolven of Caardargen" and "You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry"
And I've just signed off the contract for Blood Bound Books anthology - Rock n Roll is Dead!
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Basically we have three rounds in which to create short stories of astounding style and content, and we vote on each others until at the end the highest voted author wins. It should take about six weeks in total.
It's nail biting stuff, and I can't wait.
Monday, 26 July 2010
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Our friends at the at the Collaboration of the Dead are starting a new Shootout, of which Matt Nord has confirmed my place. (Swords at the ready... no, wait, keyboards?)
So I charge you to go over to these guys and show some support!
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Caught By Darkness:
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
Friday, 2 July 2010
, now 50% more public-friendly! I’m working on several short stories for upcoming anthologies from Library of Horror Press, Wicked East Press, Northern Frights Press, and Pill Hill Press. I’m also working on an end-of-days zombie novel that features Jesus as an integral character. I have a story in the upcoming Pill Hill clone anthology Patented DNA. One thing that I am really excited about is the story ‘The Rebirth of Farmer’ that got accepted into the No More Heroes anthology that will be published by Library of Science Fiction and Fantasy Press. Honestly, I consider it to be some of my best work to date.”
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Hopefully appearing by the beginning of next week, I've been lucky enough to secure an interview with Farmboy himself - Matt Nord, an upcoming writer from the heart of New York.
And here's the link to Amazon UK for Haunted.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Here's the link to Amazon (US):
Title: Haunted (An Anthology of the Supernatural)
Editor: Jessy Marie Roberts
$16.99/Paperback/270 Pgs/9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Haunted-Anthology-Supernatural-David-Tallerman/dp/1617060216/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277305283&sr=1-1
Publishing Date: 15 June 2010
Publisher: Pill Hill Press, 343 W 4th St., Chadron, NE 69337.
Contact: Jessy Marie Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pillhillpress.com)
Haunted (An Anthology of the Supernatural)
42 short stories about haunted places. Indulge in this collection of supernatural tales written by the following talented authors: David Tallerman, Miguel Lopez de Leon, Matt Carter, Kelli Wilkins, Martin T. Ingham, Emma Kathryn, Mark Taylor, Gerald Costlow, Stephanie L. Morrell, Jack Horne, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Jason Barney, Rob Rosen, Jonathan Sweet, Tony Schaab, Jennifer Chambers, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Karin Becht, Ellie Garratt, Christine E. Shulze, George Wilhite, Mark Souza, Scott Taylor, Shane McKenzie, Ben Langhinrichs, Matt Nord, Chris Allinotte, William Wood, Benjamin Rogers, Shawn Cook, John McCuaig, Val Muller, Andrew Flynn, Brandon Blackburn, Miles Boothe, Debbie Phillips Smith, Will Morton, John Pennington, Ruth Imeson, Travis K. Weltman, Marianne Halbert & Rich Matrunick.
I'll put the link up to Amazon when it arrives.
My contribution to this anthology is a little dittie entitled, "Howard Coward." Tis the tale of a young man enticed into the local 'Haunted House'. - We've all been there you know.
I'd just like to say a thank you to Pill Hill Press (link on the right), especially Jessy, for making the whole Anthology possible.
I've got my copies of this one pre-ordered, so I'll put up some thoughts on it when it arrives.
Friday, 18 June 2010
This is awesome news for me, to be included in an anthology with work from such prolific writers.
You can find them here: Ray Bradbury C.J.Cherryh
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
On a much lighter note however, Chris Bartholomew has leapt to the aid of us authors, and taken the unpublished works from LGP over to Static Movement.
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Check back, of course, for updates!