HOWLING AT THE MOON
3RD AND STARLIGHT UPDATE MINUS 3 DAYS and counting: 82% Funded!
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: Egads! Happy weekend! It is the last for our Kickstarter campaign. Our ship is still straining to break free of Earth’s gravity, but with your support we hope to launch 3RD AND STARLIGHT, our collection of edgy science fiction and fantasy stories by “some of the best new writers in the speculative fiction field” – William Ledbetter, 2016 Nebula award-winning author of “The Long Fall Up.”.
There’s still plenty of treasure in our holds:
- great ebook and print edition selections,
- SIGNED premium items like Charles Gannon’s complete four-book CAINE RIORDAN OF THE TERRAN REPUBLIC science fiction series (for thrills) and Alex Shvartsman’s six-book UNIDENTIFIED FUNNY OBJECTS series (for groans and laughter),
- fine prints of selected illustrations from 3RD AND STARLIGHT, and
- multiple free additional items for our backers (desktop wallpapers, limited edition bookmarks, special signed COLORED PRINT by artist M. Elizabeth Ticknor.
Dearest Backers, our thanks for your continued support and for doing whatever you can now to share word of our noble expedition and help us reach our Goal and bring our treasures to you.
TODAY: AUTHOR SHOWCASE with WordFire Press novelist JULIE FROST
We have a sneak peek at her PACK DYNAMICS werewolf P.I. urban fantasy tail (>wink<) ”Bad Actors” which bridges her first and forthcoming second novel, as well as her mini-interview, and FREE stories for your weekend reading pleasure. Here we go:
Lousy chauvinistic scripts with clichéd parts for female actors. Hollywood sucks! Perhaps literally. Janni’s P.I. husband Ben’s new client is a vampire movie producer with a werewolf problem. Janni and Ben, new werewolves themselves, agree to go up against the pack and its Big Bad leader. But they are two against many. To win will require some great acting.
JULIE FROST writes every shade of speculative fiction and lives in Utah with her family—six guinea pigs, three humans, a tripod calico cat, and a kitten who thinks she’s a warrior princess—and a collection of anteaters and Oaxacan carvings, some of which intersect. In her (ha!) spare time, she enjoys birdwatching and wildlife photography. Her first novel, PACK DYNAMICS, was released in 2015 by WordFire Press. “Bad Actors” takes place in the universe of that novel, not long after the events therein. She whines about writing, a lot at http://agilebrit.livejournal.com/ and you can connect with her on Twitter @JulieCFrost, or on Facebook atjulie.frost.7967
TWO FREE GREAT WEEKEND READS:
I asked Julie for her of her favorite stories to share with you, our loyal supporters. She replied: “…Habeas Felis and The Cow and the Beanstalk. Mainly because I find them funny. I also got to break all the rules in Habeas Felis and got away with it not once, not twice, but THREE times! Yes, a 9000-word story with FOUR POV characters, one of whom is a talking cat. It has sold to three different markets. The Cow and the Beanstalk is a screwball comedy about the guy who traded actual magic beans for a worthless dry cow. I got to wondering what was so special about that cow, and, well…the rest is ‘story.”
(1) HABEAS FELIS: Daniella and her friends Gris and Mac must leave a talking cat in a dragon's cave for its annual tribute without being eaten by the grumpy dragon or murdered by goblins and mountain trolls. And they have to do it before a rival team beats them to the punch.
(2) The Cow and the Beanstalk:(audio-story) We all know the story of Jack the Giant Killer. How he traded a cow for some magic beans, killed a giant, avenged his father, and lived happily ever after. Now, everyone assumes the bean man was out to cheat Jack -- but, you know, the beans really were magic. He delivered on his promise and then disappeared, never to be seen again. So, what was so special about a cow, that a fellow would be willing to trade beans like that for her?
THE MINI-INTERVIEW – JULIE FROST
* Looking at your work, what story, character(s), poem, article, artwork stands out as your all-time favorite?
I have to pick ONE??? I've written over sixty shorts and two novels. Picking one is impossible. I mean, obviously, the PACK DYNAMICS universe is near and dear to me. Alex never fails to amuse me and Ben is the character of my heart. I have a spaceship crew I'm pretty fond of as well. Clearly, I love werewolves, but at this point my favorite stories about them are the ones that haven’t found a home yet. I also love playing around with angels and demons, and one of my favorites of those--co-written with my roleplay partner--will appear in the ENTER THE AFTERMATH anthology in a few months.
* Who are your greatest creative influences?
Buffy, Angel, and Firefly got my creative juices flowing again after a long, long hiatus. Something about them *cough*SPIKE*cough*JAYNE*cough* caught my imagination by the throat and refused to let go. I cut my Writer’s Teeth scribbling fanfiction in those universes, and I'll always be grateful to JOSS WHEDON for kickstarting me.
JIM BUTCHER showed me that the long, long pattern of using characters of faith as the Default Evil Awful Bad Person might be coming to an end. He gave me the inkling that it might be okay to dip my toe back into the genre that I’d abandoned for a couple of decades because I didn't feel welcome in it anymore. I'm so glad I did.
* What is your favorite book or character or imaginary world in fiction? Or if you were stuck on a deserted island, what one book would you wish to have and why (Other than 50 ways to escape from a deserted island)?
Again, I have to pick ONE? Well. My Bible, because that's how I roll, though it's not a thing I read for "fun," and I don't consider it a work of fiction. But I have several authors whose books I buy as soon as they hit the shelf: JIM BUTCHER, LARRY CORREIA, CARRIE VAUGHN, ELLIOTT JAMES, BENEDICT JACKA, PATRICIA BRIGGS... my “to-read” list is higher than my head. You might note the preponderance of urban fantasy here.
* What are you working on now and what about it excites or challenges you?
My Writing Plate is overflowing. I've got a short story that I'm working on about a Lunar Werewolf Penal Colony that is invaded by aliens who want to use the Moon as a staging point for an invasion of Earth. Fitting the world-building this requires in a "short" is very challenging. I keep tripping over the fact that I need more characters than I have room for. Just, Argh!
I'm also outlining a short story starring a side character from PACK DYNAMICS 2 whose backstory needs its own treatment.
I have also written a novella about a Guardian Angel to serial killers that desperately needs expansion to a full novel, and I've got one code-named HITMAN IN HELL I need to sit down, map, and do character sheets before it goes any further; but I have the ending for that one is lined out, and it's going to be epic!
PACK DYNAMICS 3 is noodling around in the back of my head, but the ideas I have for it break either the universe itself, or Ben, irrevocably, so I need an alternative.
Annnnd the characters from my Writers of the Future contest winning story "Cry Havoc" [WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOLUME 32 – ye humble editor] tapped me pretty hard on the shoulder and said "You know this is a novel, right?" It's a good problem to have, but I'm a bit overwhelmed--and excited. I'm not a natural novelist. "Short" is the form that picked me, not the other way around. The fact that over half the projects I'm looking at are novels is a bit intimidating – and wonderfully so.