Writer Wednesday: Postcards, Bits & Bobs

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The deadline is fast approaching for the inaugural Postcard Fiction Contest! Be sure to get your entries in the mail to me in order to be in the running for that $25 prize. Deadline is May 15, 2012.

I’m interviewed over at Vic Watson’s blog about some of my current projects. Drop by, share, leave a comment and be sure to check out her other interviews.

I just got my author copy of ACTION!: Pulse Pounding Tales, Vol 1 which includes my story “Chickens”: it’s 1968 and some good ol’ boys from Bakersfield decide to head down to the big city to mess around with the hippies they saw on Cronkite. Bonus appearance from Cal Worthington and his dog Spot! Editor Matt Hilton describes the genesis of this collection:

Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s I was reading books ‘borrowed’ from my father’s stack of dog-eared paperbacks, that he acquired through a read and share scheme with his friends. It seemed that my father and his pals all shared a love of action tales the likes of Don Pendleton’s ‘Mack Bolan’, Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy’s ‘Remo Williams’, or George G Gilman’s homegrown western books, ‘Edge’ or ‘Adam Steele’, or a Nick Carter: Killmaster book.

Those books were high-entertainment to me and I couldn’t get enough of them, or indeed Robert E Howard’s Conan series, or Lin Carter’s Thongor of Lemuria, or Karl Edward Wagner’s Kane. I loved my stories full of action and adventure, and it didn’t much matter to me where, when, or how the story unfolded. It was through reading those kinds of books that got me into writing. I wanted to emulate the kind of books that I loved to read.

Apparently he’s had an avalanche of interest, so Matt’s already planning a second volume (and maybe more). The book will be available within days. I’ll let you know when it’s up. I should tell you too, that for every sale in the first month of publication, Matt will match with a donation of 50p to ‘Help For Heroes’. We can all do our bit to help our injured servicemen and women: fictional heroes helping the ‘real’ heroes.

Of course there’s also my story “Horse Clock” in Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology. You can get it for free on Smashwords, or you can get it for 99¢ on Amazon where all the proceeds will be going to to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, a non-profit organization using the written word to help those in need of a fresh start.

And yes, there’s still Drunk on the Moon as well: action packed paranormal noir with your favourite werewolf P.I. If you haven’t got this yet, do — it’s a whole lot of fun and I’m not just saying that for my story “It’s a Curse.” You will rip through this collection hootin’ and a hollerin’ and havin’ a good time. And while you’re at it, think about getting another great charity-supporting anthology True Brit Grit.

All right: tomorrow I’ll have some reviews for you including Guerilla Blues!

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