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A Dark Chapter, A New Light

It is with a heavy heart that I posthumously honor fellow Louisiana author and friend, Richard Wilkins. Richard wrote two books out of the planned Wizards of Lake Bistineau trilogy, an eclectic book of poetry, the 2014 Colbert Family Reunion Album, and a candid view of societal and sociological enigmas and anomalies entitled, That’s Why I Hate Them. Below is a link to his Amazon author page if you feel you would like to peek inside this wonderfully creative mind. The first two installments of the trilogy are also featured on my guest author page, on which Richard has earned a permanent place. Richard was a kind-hearted and talented Air Force veteran with a knack for spinning a yarn and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his work.

Richard has passed into the realm where his rich and vivid characters can live alongside him and keep him company until his family can meet him. I picture him sitting on a bench in an ethereal garden with his feet propped up, looking over his glasses at the neighbor and shaking his head, gathering material for That’s Why I Hate Them 2, and waiting for his wife to join him.

Rest in Peace, Richard.




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Posted by on February 16, 2016 in Guest Authors, Writing


Wizards, Witches and Monsters in the Louisiana Bayou

My guest tonight is a distinguished author from my current neck of the woods. Please give a welcome to Richard Wilkins (R).

*Deafening applause fills the virtual auditorium*

(M) Thank you for being on my blog, Richard. It’s an honor to interview another author from the bayou. Let’s start by telling the good people out where you are from.

(R) First of all, thank you for having me on your blog. I was raised on a dairy farm in northern New York State. That’s probably why I like to grow things. My back yard is half vegetable gardens. By profession, I was a nurse anesthetist. I was in the USAF for nearly 9 years. I lived in several states while in the AF, but settled down in the Shreveport-Bossier area after leaving the military.

(M) A fellow Air Force man! I had no idea. I knew there was something about you I liked! Tell me, why and when did you start writing?

(R) I’ve always loved Sci-Fi and wanted to write that type of book, but it seemed I never had time until I retired. Actually, I first wrote a book of poetry first called, “Richie’s Eclectic Poetry”. My first novel was, “The Wizards of Lake Bistineau”. I got the idea for the setting of the story after buying a camp on the lake in Louisiana with that same name. The description of the lake is actually close to its reality; quite eerie. The story itself was hatched from the magical fantasies in my mind.

(M) I have read “The Wizards” and I must say I enjoyed it very much. What is cool is that I have been to Lake Bistineau many times and could envision the scenery as you were telling the story. I have never been out on the lake, but I imagine there are a lot of places that could be a hidden island.

(M) Who were the biggest influences on your writing, and why?

(R) Books on Sci-Fi fantasy have always interested me. I read a multitude of authors like Piers Anthony, Anne McCafrey, Jack Chalker and Geraldine Harris, along with many others. I especially liked stories that featured dragons and ancient times. Stephen King stories, of course, are great. I enjoy just about any science fiction stories.

(M) Do you have any books in the works?

(R) I am currently working on two books. One is a sequel to “The Wizards of Lake Bistineau”. It is called, “The Witches of New Orleans. In the first book there is a struggle between good and evil involving opposing wizards, with the help of two witches. There is a lot of magic, a little romance and a variety of creatures. The magic is mixed with some real science theory, including the use of subatomic science.
The sequel picks up with some of the same characters and several new ones. A demon plays an important role in the second book’s story of the struggle against evil. The characters’ activities center around New Orleans, but they are forced to go as far as Cairo Egypt during their struggles. I should have the first draft completed early this fall.
My other book is a comedy satire about everything and everyone in the world that is stupid and irritating to me; which are many things. I haven’t decided on a title just yet, but I have written several chapters already.

(M) Richard, it sounds like your upcoming works are going to be very entertaining and I can’t wait to read them. Thank you for giving us a quick glimpse into your life and a little insight into what makes you tick. I enjoy meeting other authors, especially ones that live in the same city I do! Being an author can be a lonely and harsh world and it gives me comfort to know I have a close ally in our fight to be noticed in a sea of literary creativity.

(M) There you have it, folks. Richard Wilkins. The next time you pass through Shreveport, LA or see some crazy show about even crazier Louisianians, remember that wizards and witches are real and some of them exist on and around Lake Bistineau, just ask Richard, he’ll tell you all about them.
I have included a link to Richards work below, feel free to visit and if it peaks your interest, buy a copy and get ready for one hell of a journey!

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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Guest Authors


Welcome Horror Aficionado, Mark Parker,

I have not written anything on my blog for a very long time because I have been out camping, jet-skiing and generally trying to be outside as much as possible. Alas, the inevitable pull of the “Blog” is difficult to fend off for too long and so I surrender to the feeling tonight with another guest author. I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing a fellow horror author, Mark Parker.

MT: Welcome, Mark! It has taken a while to finally get together and complete this interview, but here we are. I am camping at Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas and you are in Northeast, but through the miracle of the internet, the distance barriers are broken.

MT: Where are you from?
MP: I currently reside in New England.
MT: I have always wanted to visit New England. Maybe after I retire, I’ll be able to explore that part of the country…in the summer, of course.

MT: Tell us a little about you.
MP: I live in Boston with family. My hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking, movies, theater, concerts, and drawing, and, of course, meeting new people. (People-watching, too!)
MT: My step-daughter is in a currently running production of Les Miserable and I watched it for the first time last week. It it a great story! I share a lot of the same hobbies.

MT: Why and when did you start writing?
MP: I started writing pretty young. I would say around 13 or 14. I saw my first Stephen King book at the age of 12, and it was love at first sight. I’ve never looked back. My first story was a horror piece titled THE ICE CREAM MAN. Still want to see that one finished.
MT: Yep, Stephen King did it for me also.

MT: Who has had the biggest influence on your writing and why?
MP: Biggest influence? I know it sounds trite (or at least somewhat of a common answer), but I would have to say Stephen King. I have personally never encountered a writer/author I’ve ever wanted to emulate more. Not only is he a tremendous writer, both from a creative and professional standpoint, but he’s also a wonderful human being. If I can be both those things, I will have done what I feel I was created to do.
MT: It doesn’t sound trite at all, he has been my biggest influence also and I would dare to say that is the case for thousands of authors.

MT: How do you get your ideas for your books?
MP: For me, ideas come from a multitude of places. I am pretty much a ‘concept’ guy. Oftentimes a concept for a story will come to me; the age-old ‘what if’ scenario, I guess. Other times, I get a title or an opening line. I can literally be sitting anywhere, see something, a title will come, and I’m off. I was sitting in a colleague’s office recently; saw a light switch that had a sticker on it that read Circuit 33. I wrote that down and have every confidence it will be a story at some point. That sort of thing.
MT: I hear you; inspiration can come from unexpected and often mundane circumstances.

MT: Do you have any books in the works? How many?
MP: That’s a difficult question. At any one time, I have literally dozens of stories, novellas, novels kicking around in my head; most of which are at some point in the ‘process’ of being written. I would say I actively have about six projects going at the moment. I am currently working on a short story for self-publication; a novella for submission; and about four novel-length projects.
MT: That’s great. It seems a story always begs to be told and it is often difficult to finish one before the next one comes along and wants out.

MT: Tell us a little about your work.

Way of the Witch

MP: My novella WAY OF THE WITCH is a coming-of-age story with a twist. Two lifelong friends encounter an old raggedy woman they believe to be a witch. What transpires after a single childish prank exacted against the old woman, will have all three lives bound in dark and terrible ways far into the future.

Biology of Blood

MP: My short story BIOLOGY OF BLOOD is a ‘quiet little vampire story’ with a scientific edge to it. While originally intended to be a short story for submission into an anthology, has turned into what is fondly referred to as ‘chapter one’ of either a series of inter-related stories, or a longer work all packaged together. We’ll see.

Lucky You

MP: And I have a second short story out right now titled LUCKY YOU. I have described it as a ‘psychosexual thriller’ short. This was mainly intended to be a story that looked at what might happen if someone accidentally killed another person during a night of exuberant sex, only to find he enjoyed it. It’s an exploration into an ‘accidentally-made’ serial killer. Due to its graphic nature, it’s admittedly not for everyone. It has, however, garnered some very favorable reviews on Amazon, where it is currently a Kindle Exclusive.

MT: They all sound great! I have recently downloaded Way of the Witch and Biology of Blood and I intend to read and review as soon as I have the time. I have a few promised reviews to finish before I can delve into your work, but from the little I have read, I am sure I will enjoy them very much. Mark, thank you for sharing your time and life with us, I know you are a busy man and it is much appreciated. Folks, you can click on the book covers to order your copies of Mark’s works. Now, *cracks whip* get back to writing, those stories will not write themselves!

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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Guest Authors


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Welcome Beautiful Azure Author, Jodie Horton!

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I would like to introduce an up and coming author, Jodie Horton, from the UK! I have never been to the UK, but would love to visit, I mean as a zombie movie fan, one day I have to see where 28 Days/Weeks Later were filmed! Now I know those really aren’t zombie films, but their DNA on the big screen is close enough for me. I know another wonderful author from the UK, Nathan Robinson, who can write horror like nobody’s business. Looks like the UK is full of talented authors! I stray, forgive me…

M: Welcome Jodie!

J: First…I must say…Thank you Mark for giving me this fantastic opportunity to be interviewed by you. Thank you also for having an interest in my writing, and most of all, having faith in me. I am honoured that you asked me, just average Jodie from Birmingham, UK.

M: I would be honoured (UK spelling :-)) if you would answer some questions for me so I can learn more about you.

J: Of course, Mark. I would love to!

M: How did you get into writing?

J: Humm, to be honest Mark, I don’t actually know. I feel I fell into the world of make believe and truly liked the fact I can make anything happen within the pages of my book. The idea felt amazing to me. I’m the type of person thatn once I have a bee in my bonnet, I have the momentum to do just about anything. In this instancen to write a book. *sighs* Well that’s if no-one attempts to steal my thunder. I’m easily influenced by others and loved ones, I care too much what people say, think, etc., whether good or bad! *shrugs off low* I woke one morning and decided, “I’m going to write a book!” After weeks of torment and peoples laughter, I just took a deep breath, shrugged off their disturbing comments such as, “A hairdresser writing a book!”, etc. (there were worse comments). It certainly hurt, a lot, but I had the faith and encouragement of certain people to carry on. So, deciding to prove them mightily wrong, I started. I began to plan, plot, and characterize my book, building up a clear picture of what I wanted to happen. The first person I met was on Twitter, Author Elizabeth Marshall, who encouraged me immensely. I fell in love with her Highland series, and I still continue to be great friends with her. Well, that’s it Mark, without the encouragement of family, close friends, and new found friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc, I wouldn’t have even begun.

M: Falling into a world of make-believe sometimes is the best way to put your troubles behind for a while. Don’t listen to people and their naysaying, never let other people limit your dreams and accomplishments. I am happy you have embarked on this journey to expand the literary world with your stories, I can’t wait to read your work! OK, What drives you to write?

J: *Twist lips* That has to be my family: My husband, Adam, and my 3 beautiful daughters. Lucy, my eldest, is proud to tell her little friends at school I am an author. *whispers* I know I’m not published as yet, but it’s the excitement on their little faces that does it for me Big style. I want them to be proud of me, they probably are anyway, but I want to make them more proud than ever before. I know it’s daft really, as I know they deeply love me, even the family I never get to see. *sighs* Without the encouragement of them all, I couldn’t go on with what I am doing. Friends over the pond play a huge part too: Ditter Tha’great, Dawn Montgomery, Yourself Mark Tompkins, Barbara Brant, Tonya Jewell, (My Petal) Rosie Middleton, Pammie Cakes, Teehee……..Lois Merrill, Amy Hartman and Gloria Esau to name a few. That little text, email, or post to see how I’m getting on is very heartfelt and encouraging for me. Thank you!!!

M: It is nice to have positive, encouraging people in your life, even if you only know some of them from a digital world! The definition of “friend” has certainly changed in the last few years as more and more of us reach out to grasp the virtual hands of people across the globe. Next question: What Authors influence your writing, and why?

J: *smiles* There are plenty of wonderful and inspiring authors out there. I have read many books, and many more are on my “to read list.” *winces* I have the absolute honour of having many authors on my Facebook friends list, *holds heart* such as you, Mark. They are spread widely throughout the world, dotted here and there. It’s amazing that many want to know me. I deeply wish I could visit them all, one by one. But being realistic, I can’t. The books that did it for me was the trilogy of 2012. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by the lovely E.L James. WOW……What can I say, for a start she’s amazing, that’s her explained. The words she used and the way she wrote it leaves you enthralled. The trilogy dragged me in and never spat me out till “Freed.” I was that engrossed and it only took me a week to read all three. As she swept the nation, I drove my husband crazy, Christian Grey this, Christian Grey that. Sorry Adam xx. I’m surprised he is still here for me, bless him. Right, back to the book, it’s certainly an easy read, well for me anyway, not being the shiniest jewel in the box. I’m sure every woman in the country, no….. THE WORLD has read the trilogy, and definitely enjoyed it as much as I did. *winks* Ha Ha Ha lmao!!!! Don’t roll you’re eyes Mark!!! Teehee!!!

M: *Rolls eyes* Oops, sorry, couldn’t help it. To be considered an honour is an honor…you know what I mean. Yes, there are MANY talented authors in our group and in many others I have found on facebook and I enjoy being in their company! I have not read the Fifty Shades series and I’m probably the only person in the world that hasn’t. One day, I’ll get to it, but for now, I’ve a lot of writing to do myself!

M: Do you have all the time to write you need, or does life keep you from doing your passion?

J: Well as some of you are aware, I’m a married mother of 3 beautiful girls. Aged from 20 months to 10 year,s they can be a pretty tough handful. Between school runs, housework, washing, and all the other housewife chores, it gets pretty hectic in the Horton household. I long for an office, a hidy hole somewhere in the house, but no such luck. I have been with my husband for 14 years this coming May. Awwwwww. He is brilliant, he backs me up all the way. Adam is my main encouragement, he helps me with many ideas for my writing. Ha ha, lets put it this way, he inspires the more romantic moments within its contents. *Winks*
I envy writers that can sit for hours, days, or even weeks, just pumping out pure genius books. I can’t, I have to take my time, sitting on the arm of my sofa or perched up against a dresser, typing away whilst the rest of the house sleeps. Hummm very professional, hey. Ohhh but numb bum is the pits. Ouch.
I started to write in bed on my laptop too, when hubby is on a late shift at work. I found I’d get a lot done, but then eventually I’d fall asleep. Huff. I have even awakened disappointed that I had not written as much as I’d thought……I’d blinking dreamt it, LOL! *rolls eyes* Facebook is the worst torment of all. It’s so distracting, it’s a joke. If it’s not my phone buzzing notifications, it’s me being killed by temptation. But, if not for Facebook, I would not have met my editor (Barbara Brant) or know all the amazing people on my friends list. Thank you. xx

M: Writing with all that going on in your life seems impossible! But I know what you are going through, I may not have kids, but with spending time with my soul mate, work and all the other things that compete for my attention, it is difficult to find time to write. You write whenever you can and that shows the spirit of an author dedicated to the craft.

M: What is the title of youre book and where will readers be able to purchase it?

J: Okay, my first book is called “Beautiful Azure”. I fell in love with the title as soon as I created it. The main character in my book is Lexie Lia Stewart, an American born girl who now resides in London, UK. She’s a troubled girl with a troubled past. She clings to her memories with such passion, deeply afraid they will return, with a terrifying vengeance. She meets and falls for Layton Thomas Tipton, a gorgeously talented architect. He feels the same as soon as he lays his stunning blue eyes on her. (Hence the title) But a force of some kind is keeping them apart, its unexplainable for them. But does love prevail?…………….Hum you’ll just have to wait and see! Beautiful Azure will be available for download through Amazon, eventually to be available as a paperback too! (My personal favourite!)

M: I like the title, very descriptive! The book sounds interesting Jodie, and I bet it will do great! Do you have a web page?

J: Yes, I’d like to thank you personally Mark, for liking my author page on Facebook. Anyone is more than welcome to come and browse, or even like it. That would make my day! You can also follow me on twitter too! (@jodiehorton82.) Facebook is my main sin, I’m always around somewhere.

M: You’re welcome, thank you for liking all of mine as well! I already follow you on Twitter so that block is checked. Looks like the next step for you is a blog! When do you expect your book to be released?

J: Having had a word with my editor, Barbara Brant. Beautiful Azure should be released in Spring 2013….Hopefully in time for DitterCon 2013 in Las Vegas, Yay….*Claps hands* See you there Mark!

M: Spring 2013, you heard it folks. Be on the lookout for Beautiful Azure this spring and see what this little lady can do with words!
Jodie, thank you for talking with me tonight, it was an honor to get into your brain and find out more about you. When you’re rich and famous, I will be able to say I was the first to interview you! I have included some quotes from Beautiful Azure below as a teaser. Have a great weekend and as always…may your dreams be filled with my nightmares.

Quotes from Beautiful Azure:

Don’t hide your smile baby, I love looking at it, and most of all, I love the woman wearing it.

As long as we’re together…that’s all that matters to me…I love you, I want to be with you…always.

Hush Lexie…Sleep now baby, we will wake up together…forever


Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Guest Authors


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Welcome Severed Press Author, Nathan Robinson

I would like to introduce an English author with a knack for the macabre. Nathan Robinson’s wonderfully cheerful personality belies his ability to instill fear in his readers, so sit back and enjoy meeting this talented author.

Right-o. Hi everybody!

I’ll be quick, I’ll introduce myself then tell you a little bit about my debut novel. I know you’re busy, so I won’t keep you long.

I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. I loved Roald Dahl as a kid, so after that horror was a natural step after his twisted children’s tales. It was just so out there and different from everything else. Horror, done well, is never boring as it reminds us of the fragility of our lives and the fact that we aren’t invincible. We can bleed and we can quite often be hurt yet still live to tell the tale.

English was the only thing I was good at school. I wasn’t the best, but it was the only thing I vaguely triumphed at. From about the age of twelve onwards I wrote stupid little stories for my own entertainment. Now for some reason all those C’s stuck with me and here I am today; a minor Z-list author who’s simply happy at being listed on Amazon.

Three years ago my wife and I found out that we were having twins, so I decided to have a proper go at writing and completed my first short story about zombie chickens. I called it ‘The Chicken in Black’ and sent it off to a competition on where a month later I found out I’d won first prize. A cheque for £100 followed and there I was; a writer who didn’t just write for fun. I’d been paid!

More short story acceptances followed from many different editors and publishers including Rainstorm Press, House of Horror/Panic Press, Black Hound Press, Static Movement, Knight Watch Press and many more including seven more monthly winners on Spinetinglers. I wasn’t exactly rolling in it but it’s nice to have a hobby that pays a little back. One of the proudest moments of my ‘career’ would have to be my acceptance for story ‘Top of the Heap’ by run by great bunch of people who turned one of silly stories bloody marvellous podcast. I’d been adapted which was great but then it started to get fantastic reviews, it was even voted one of the best stories of 2011 on the forum. Out of over fifty stories throughout the year I came in second favourite. Plus they gave $100 for the rights. Why would I not want to write?

I write when I can. I used to write at night, but with two young children in the house sleep becomes a precious commodity, currency even.

Some would see this as bad at the time, but I was made redundant as a builder and had to start over, first washing cars in the depths of winter for minimum wage, then I landed a job delivering office furniture the length and breadth of the country which consisted of me sitting in the passenger seat of a van for three hours a day.

So what do I do for three hours?”

“Anything you want.”

So I write and read on the company dime, as long as I get the job done they don’t care. I love it. I read a book a week, even taking up the post of chief book reviewer at where people send me free books for me to give my opinion on. Please don’t hate me.

I completed my first novel this summer and sent it off to Severed Press, an Australian horror publisher whose anthology Dead Bait I thoroughly enjoyed. My thought being that the horror market in the Southern Hemisphere wouldn’t be as saturated as the rest of the world. Strangely, I was right. Severed Press accepted ‘Starers’ and bingo I was a fully fledged author with my own book out, I wasn’t sharing the pages with anybody, just me. I never fantasised about mansions, supermodels and Ferraris. All I ever dreamt about was having my own book published, now that dreams come true what is everything that comes after? Bonus? Extras?

Who cares? I’ve family that loves me and a book deal, so whatever happens next . . . it’s all a dream anyway.

I was inspired to write Starers one evening when I was drawing the curtains to my living room and I saw an old man at the bus stop across the road staring at our house. Now, we live in a newly built house and we often have people looking and pointing at our house as it stands out from the older properties on our street, so this was nothing unusual. For whatever reason I looked out the window about an hour later and the old man was still stood at the bus stop still staring at our house. So then the seed popped. What if he was still there in the morning? Still staring. So I started writing, first as a short story before it took off on its own tangent. What if more people joined the old man? What if a crowd of hundreds appeared outside my house, just staring. What would you do? What could you do? So I made up a typical family called the Keene’s and put them in that situation and let the story flow from there. So much so I’m currently penning a sequel with a third in the planning stages. All this from an old man staring from across the road; there must be something wrong with me.

Imagine if you found yourself the attention of the entire world . . .

The dysfunctional Keene family awaken one Saturday to find several strangers and neighbours staring at their home. Events turn more bizarre when more hypnotised strangers arrive, all seemingly transfixed with those within the Keene household. As the ominous crowd gathers and grows larger by the hour the Keene’s find themselves under siege in their own home. With hundreds, then thousands of bodies pressing against the walls of their home, a rising body count and grim premonitions plaguing their dreams, the family must work together to discover who or what is controlling the Starers.

Starers published by Severed Press and is available on Kindle and paperback from Amazon

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Nathan Robinson lives in Scunthorpe, England with his wife/editor and two adoring twin sons. He writes best at 77mph and enjoys world beers and running through the woods. He’s had many short stories published in various anthologies. Starers is his first novel.

Follow Nathan on facebook at where you can find a complete list of his stories.


Twitter @natthewriter


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Thank you Nathan, it has been a pleasure to meet you and I’ve enjoyed learning about your growth as an author. Starers can be purchased on Amazon through the links provided on this page, get your copy of this great read now! Please take some time to peruse the links to Nathan’s sites. Keep writing good stories, Nathan, there can never be too many. Follow your dreams and and never quit!

As always, I would like to remind everyone of the power of the “Like” button on facebook and Amazon pages. It is a great way to  support your favorite authors and it helps build future reader’s confidence in their work. Also, take the time to leave a review on Amazon, this is another important tool that can help your author’s progression up the literary ranks. Whether indie author or publisher backed author, give them all a chance. There are thousands upon thousands of great stories out there to enjoy, and I guarantee you will find plenty to keep you happily reading for the rest of your life! May your dreams forever be filled with my  nightmares.


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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Guest Authors


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Meet Jimmy Pudge: Horror Author, Working Man and Modern Day Philosopher

Jimmy Pudge,

What can I say? I have been looking forward to this interveiw for a while. A man after my own heart, horror is my life! I’ve always liked your style. You’re not afraid to be yourself and that’s the way it should be. Your writing is edgy, exciting and hard to put down. Well, nobody pulled my cord and we’re not here to hear me prattle on, so let me introduce to you, the man, the myth, the lesbian trapped in a man’s body…Jimmy Pudge!

Mark! What’s going on, brother?

What should I say about writing? For me it’s a release, man. A release from cleaning doo doo toilets at the motel and thinking about people that joke me when they see me riding home on my bicycle. I enjoy writing, just as much as I enjoy picking up women at Wal-Mart.  You see, writing is a lot like delivering a pickup line, you got to be smooth, baby. If you see a chick in the produce section, you don’t want to be nervous and stutter and spit all over her face when you say something like, “Baby, if you were a transformer, you’d be Optimus Fine!” See what I’m saying? Writing is an art, and it’s up to the individual when it comes to releasing it. Maybe you a writing machine and put out 5,000 words a day. Maybe you write once a month and don’t even keep track of your word count. Regardless, as long as you enjoy what you’re writing and you don’t over think that shit, you gonna write something you can send out or self-publish. Once you get them comments coming in, oh man, those hurtful heartbreaking comments, your skin will get tougher and maybe you’ll learn something you didn’t realize about your writing. The key to being a good writer, brother, is to send the work out for people to see. Don’t be afraid or ashamed. You’re not trying to be the next damn Billy Shakespeare. You just want to keep improving, you feel me?

People ask me all the time, “Jimmy, why are your stories so fucked up, man? What’s the deal with you, partner?” The deal is I’m writing for fun, not for fame or profit. I think all writers should be like this. Write what you want to write, not what you think someone else wants.

That’s pretty much all the advice I got on writing. Basically, beat your own drum to the rhythm in your head.

Now, I been writing for a while. Had many rejections before I turned to the art of self-publishing. I started my craft when I was in prison. Had a lot of downtime in the night to compose stories and shit. I’d never really tried writing before then. The words came slowly. My first story was like a bad children’s book. Inmates who couldn’t even read were laughing at that story. I think it was about a magic pussy cat named BJ who worked at McDonald’s. BJ had a little head, so his cap kept slipping over his eyes. He tried to empty a grease trap, but he couldn’t see because of the hat bill and the hot grease splashed him so he had to go to the hospital. He tried to sue, but he put down the wrong date the incident occurred, so the judge dismissed it. BJ died one night as he fell asleep smoking on a cigarette and his trailer burnt down.  That entire story was about five sentences long I think.

But I kept plugging away and over the years I was able to understand the writing process a little bit better. I enjoy reading spicy romance novels and horror, some science fiction, mystery, and a good blend of shit, man. My stories tend to border on pulp fiction, some being complete horror tales and others being greasy, raunchy mysteries. My first self-published title “YO A$$ IS GRA$$: Tales From a Rednek Gangsta” managed to sell over five copies during its first month alone, which was phenomenal since I only purchased three of them. It has only been roses with the additional releases of “Bad Billy,” “Ice Cream Man” and “The Dick.” I also do poetry, man. Poetry about life, going to Wal-Mart and picking up ladies. I’ve got two titles out, “From My Cracked Out Heart” and “Bar Napkins and Bathroom Stalls.” I also have a standalone short story for sale called “Bitch Gone Crazy in the Attic.”

My newest title is “Devil Inside,” and it should be coming out at the end of October. “Devil Inside” is about the spirit of serial killer Junior Boyd being released. Boyd kills certain types of ladies with certain types of assets, and the only thing that can stop him is a psychopath named Big Country. This is probably the most romantic story I have ever written.

Alright, I’ve shot enough shit. Here are the blurbs and links to my books on Amazon. “Bad Billy” is permanently free. If you’d like to try one of my titles, go with “Bad Billy first.” That way you’re not out of any dough.

Thanks for having me, Mark.

Bad Billy

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Bad Billy has spent his entire life in Mama’s basement. When the chains break free and he escapes into the world, he must learn the difference between being a monster and a human being.

It’s going to be a bloody education.

“Bad Billy, it’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ meets the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre.'”
–R. Scott McCoy, Publisher of “Necrotic Tissue Magazine,” author of “Feast” and the “White Face Bear”

Yo A$$ IS GRA$$: Tales From a Rednek Gangsta

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A collection of Jimmy Pudge’s finest short fiction. From crackhead vampires to redneck zombies to a host of the craziest lowlifes you’ve ever met, Jimmy’s got your fix right here! Come inside the magical world of Jimmy Pudge and enjoy the greasiest horror, crime and humor you’re gonna find!

Warning: This book contains strong adult content.

Ice Cream Man

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In 1984 three boys shot and killed an ice cream man in an attempted robbery. But instead of being charged with murder, the boys were made heroes for stopping the Pussy Willow Maniac.

They thought it was over, that they were safe. The Pussy Willow Maniac was dead and buried. But now, 28 years later, the Ice Cream Man has returned from the dead to serve the boys their just desserts.

The Dick

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Warning: This book contains strong Adult Content.

Ex porn star Jonny Sausage wants to be more than a cook at a fast food dive, so he obtains his P.I. certificate online.

It sounds exciting enough, being a private eye, but Jonny has no idea how crazy things are going to get once this gorgeous vampire dame by the name of Cristabel Swan enters his office.

Swan needs a ruthless investigator to find out why her family members are being murdered, and Jonny feels he’s the right dick for the job.

From My Cracked Out Heart

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Poetry from the streets to the prison. A series of poems by Jimmy Pudge from smoking crack to Occupying Wall Street.

Bar Napkins and Bathroom Stalls

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A poetry collection about the bright, the shady and the ugly side of the unlucky man’s life.

Bitch Gone Crazy in the Attic

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When Janine spies her man with another woman from a hole in the attic floor, she decides she’s had enough of these tramps he’s bringing home. She’s tired of being placed in the attic and wants to come down! This is a short story, approximately 1700 words. It contains strong Adult Content.

Wow, Jimmy! You’ve created quite a portfolio, and if these titles don’t peak people’s interest, they’re probably already dead. I can’t begin to express how much fun it has been to get a peek inside that crazy head of yours and get a snapshot of your life. Thank you so much for stopping by, you are welcome here anytime!

Click on the book covers or the hyperlinks to purchase this great author’s works from Amazon, and remember, only you can help indie authors get recognition. Take the time to press the orange “Like” button in the middle of the page, under the title of the book, and when finished, leave a review on Amazon and GoodReads. This little bit of effort on your part means more to an indie author than almost anything, except buying the book in the first place 🙂 As always, my friends and fellow authors…good nightmares to you.


Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Guest Authors


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Meet Jimmy Pudge

I will be hosting the iconic author Jimmy Pudge on my blog on Friday, 19 Oct 12 at 1900. Stop by and meet this guy, you’re really going to enjoy him!

Jimmy Pudge Amazon Author Page

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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Guest Authors



Azure Boone, A Wonderful Talent in the Literary World

Good Afternoon!

I would like to introduce you all to a very talented author, Azure Boone. She volunteered to be my first author interview and I am very honored!

Azure Boone, welcome to my blog! Please tell us about yourself and your writing.

Mark, so awesome of you to have me over for a visit on your blog! Don’t we just LOVE doing this? Control your giddiness, please.

When I’m a guest author on a blog, I ask myself, what is it that readers may wonder about writers? And I try to answer some of that.

For me, I’m not just a writer (nobody usually is) I’m a full time mother of eight children, soon to be nine, and wife and teacher.

One of the greatest wonders readers have when it comes to me as a writer, is how on earth do I find time? Sanity? Silence?

Ironically, the answer is, “If it weren’t for all the kids I have, I’d never have time to write.”

Thankfully, before I became a writer, I was a parent that believed in training a kid up in the way that they should go. Responsible, unselfish, hard workers, bearing one another’s burdens.  So, by the time I began writing, they were already trained and it was just a matter of adjusting schedules and workloads.  Wasn’t all that hard, especially with the kids becoming more capable in every work area.

Silence? Sanity?

I like to think of mothers as the most adaptive creatures in the world. They take their children “into” themselves and they become a “part” of them. It’s odd, but, the noise, the chaos, is like that fan you had to have on in order to sleep. They’re like tentacles, and when they’re not around, you feel oddly naked or like you’re missing parts.

I learned to work with and around the noise and distractions. I sit right among the madness and create. If I enter a phase of the creative process that requires silence, I give them things to do elsewhere. That’s it.

My favorite thing to write is erotic romance. Doesn’t matter the genre, erotic romance is always a given in my stories, for me, stories are not complete without romance, and romance is not complete without erotica.

So, what have I accomplished so far in my five years of becoming a professional writer? After several years of intense learning (still learning, however) I self-published my first book, UNDER-GODS, a Christian Fantasy Romance.

My second book was traditionally published, THE DEVIL WANTS A CHINA DOLL, and is a Paranormal Erotic Romance.

My third book, JOHNNY BLUE, is a Contemporary Erotic Romance.

And now, I am currently co-authoring a huge series with my critique partner, Kenra Daniels. The title of the entire series is called ARCHANGELS’ CREED. The first twelve books in the series will be THE SUMMONING with the archangel, KASSERN, being the first summoned angel to kick off the series. The genre is very mixed, a sort of spiritual, urban fantasy, erotica and since that genre doesn’t technically exist, we’ll be self- publishing it.

Well, I hate long winded people, so, I’m going to close with blurbs for each of the books above and links to buy if anybody is interested. Thank you Mark, for having me over to your blog, I appreciate it! Take care everybody.

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At twenty years old, Levi strikes a deal with God. In exchange for saving his mother’s life, Levi commits to being celibate. Soon, supernatural events land him in Heaven in order to help a beautiful girl journey through Hell. They have two weeks to make it back to Earth to prevent an important and mysterious old man from dying. The demons of the dark realm are no match for the Under-Gods that lead them on their perilous quest until they discover Levi’s secret: he has fallen in love. And that is one broken vow they will use to destroy them both.

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Rone Kreed wants Sheeku in every way imaginable. Which is kind of impossible when possessed with a demon who devours souls with a kiss and spreads eternal damnation through his seed. But Sheeku has a power that protects her from the demon’s sadistic intoxicant, tempting Rone to play ever closer to the fires of her innocent, yet demanding desires. When he learns that protecting her from her sadistic mafia family will require his hand in marriage, exorcism becomes imperative. Because he’s one sweet beg away from surrendering to the woman he’s fallen in love with, and giving the demon her angelic soul.

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A beautiful Cajun woman seeking penance for her children’s death, steps out of her shell and helps a bum.

Jewel puts ten years of therapy to use by playing good Samaritan one day. Overhearing the town boys talk about pulling a prank on the bum who pushes his shopping cart around town painting murals on the tired country stores, she decides to warn him.

At the rundown building where the bum seems to stay, she’s shocked to be greeted with a clean shaven man wearing only jeans, a compelling smile, and endless sex appeal. Jewel is suddenly like a bumbling teenager with hormones she’d thought were destroyed by her abusive ex.

When Johnny meets Jewel and sees that her beauty is far more than skin deep, he can’t resist answering the need so plain in her eyes. But surrendering to Johnny’s fiery love will mean releasing the guilt of her past sins that refuse to let her live.

Series Log Line: 

Twelve Archangels, twelve couples, twelve months. Only passionate love can create the new breed of War Angels needed to prevent the demon spawned abominations from destroying the world.

Series Blurb:

Satan has found a loophole in the rules that govern his battle against Good. The top Archangel, Gabriel, sends twelve Elite Archangels to Earth on a mission to even the odds.

Each Archangel has one month to find a couple, unite them, and help them fall in love. Every milestone in the new relationships brings them closer to creating the breed of War Angels needed to prevent the demon-spawned abominations from destroying the world.

As the unions grow stronger, the humans and War Angels gain power. But the War angel’s quickly learn that taking part in humanity comes with a cost they’re not prepared for.

Kassern Blurb:

Archangel Kassern has one month to get a stripper and a preacher to fall in love. They’ll also have to trust him enough to join with him to form the War Angel needed to defeat the abominations created by Satan to destroy the world.

Devyn is desperate to save her best friend, Karly, and herself from a life of prostitution. When the preacher Troy offers escape, she takes a chance on him. But Karly’s boyfriend, aka pimp, won’t let them go without a fight. How can Kassern guide the World’s Most Unlikely Couple to fall in love?

Impossible as it seems, that isn’t the hard part. Kassern must convince the couple to allow him to join in their union so he can use their love to create a weapon against Satan’s plans.

Azure, you have certainly been keeping busy. I am getting my copies of all your works ASAP! I have seen many glowing reviews and kudos on several sites and my interest is peaked! As you know, I write horror books and love many different genres, and I am always pleased to find an author possessing your skill with the perverbial pen…or keyboard as it is these days. I recommend Azure Boone and her work to anyone searching for some HOT erotic paranormal. No matter what your favorite genre, Azure Boone’s books will entertain you and heat up your bookshelves, better get some metal ones to keep them from catching fire! You can click on the book covers or the HTML links to purchase her books from Amazon.

Finally, thank you for being my guest today. I have enjoyed the glimpse into your life and hearing about all of your wonderful works. Have a great day, Azure, and may your dreams be filled with nightmares. (What can I say, I write horror) <:-@


Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Guest Authors


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Azure Boone, Guest Author Spot on Mark Tompkins Blog


I’m excited to announce that Azure Boone, author of “The Devil Wants A China Doll (Dark Rone)”, will be honoring my blog with a special guest appearance on Wednesday, 10 Oct, 2012 at 1900. That’s 7 p.m. for those un-familiar with military time! Be sure to stop by and check it out!

Love and decapitations,


Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Guest Authors


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