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What motivates you as a writer?

Anything really. I'll hear a word or see a person do something or even hear a song and that will start the avalanche of plot bunnies that try to overtake me. Ideas are easy. Getting motivated enough to sit down and write them is the hard part for me. But music always helps me to focus. My brain tends to run on a tangent so I'm always moving or trying to do something. Music gets me to focus and it's what motivates me to finally sit still and write.

What types of books do you like to read?


I like to read romance, mystery, suspense, contemporary and fantasy.

How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?

I think I read slower now to savor the book. It's nice to get out of my own world and take a peek into someone else's. Plus, it takes a lot to write a book. I want to do it justice and not rush through their hard work without fully being immersed in it.




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PUBLISHER: Xchyler Publishing, 2015

What is it about fear and the unknown that pulls so passionately at the human heart? Perhaps we are drawn not to the darkness itself, but to the resolution, the overcoming of what we most deeply dread. After all, the more terrible the struggle, the greater the victory when it comes at last. Presented in this anthology are twelve remarkable stories of the darkness that overshadows us, and the resolution that may be found beyond them. They are stories of fear and oppression, but ultimately stories of hope, stories that will take you BEYOND THE WAIL.

(Includes "Dead Man Hocking" by T.N. Payne: A world-weary zombie learns to beware what you wish for, and not all sure bets are worth the gamble.)


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