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T.L. Gray is a best-selling published author, literary agent, editor, blogger, and contributing writer to various print and online magazines. When this active outdoor enthusiast isn’t hiking down some wild, adventurous, backwoods trail, or cooking gourmet food, she is listening to an eclectic assortment of music or playing her acoustic guitar.

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

My favorite cake is the angel food cake with fresh strawberries. I like it because it’s light and made with egg whites, not the yokes, which I’m allergic.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

Severus Snape, because I thought he was the ultimate hero of the whole Harry Potter universe. However, Jorg from the Broken Empires Series by Mark Lawrence is one of my favorite. He’s the only character that I’ve read lately where is both the antagonist and protagonist in the same story. I loved to hate him, and hated loving him… at the same time. Talk about causing confusion.

17829819Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

I take the briefcase to the rooftop of the nearby building, open it, and remove the pieces to a high-powered rifle, put them together, and find my target within the windows of the adjacent building. Through the scope of my gun, I locate the image of my target pacing back and forth in front of the window. My target: The Fox – from Yvlis – What Does the Fox Say song

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

What kind of surprises do you hide within your manuscripts?

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

Will you read my book?

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GiniGini Koch lives in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people.

She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series.

She also writes under a variety of other pen names including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She is also the Lead Editor at Raphael’s Village, an online, nonpaying ’zine. Because she wasn’t busy enough, Gini’s added on featured guest columnist, reviewer, and webcaster for Slice of SciFi and It’s Comic Book Day.

She can be reached through her website at

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Marble with white/vanilla buttercream frosting (make that extra frosting) with or without coconut on top, or any cupcake made by Cupcakes By Design ‘cause theirs are da BOMB. And then red velvet. And then coconut cream. I love, no make that adore, cake, ergo, this answer could run on even longer, but I’m showing great restraint and stopping here. (Devil’s food cake with white buttercream frosting is also in the Top 5!)

Question 2: Please name your favourite villainUntitled-1

Gini: Oooh…that’s a toughie. If you mean fave villain I’ve created, it’d be Leventhal Reid from my Alien Series (first introduced in Alien Tango), because he’s very human, and very depraved, while appearing to be nice and normal. If you mean fave villain in general, Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes, in part because of the genius way Doyle created this villain halfway through Holmes’ career and yet made us believe he’d been around since the first story.
However, if you mean what villain would I like to spend some sexy times with, it’s Loki as played by Tom Hiddleston. You know, like everyone else in the world. I’m also inordinately fond of Billy Zane in pretty much any role, but especially his villain roles.

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

Hmmm. Honestly, my first reaction would probably be to laugh and look around for the cameras. If, however, cameras weren’t in evidence, I’d take the suitcase and race off to the nearest local law enforcement. I’d want to open it, of course, but I’m not that trusting and would have to figure there was a bomb of some kind in it. If no bomb was shown to be there, I’d try to figure out the mystery of what was going on.

gini3Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

I haven’t found a question I love more than any other, but eager interest in the next books coming out is always a favourite. I like any question that shows someone’s read and is interested in what I write, or is interested in something else that they know I’m also interested in.

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

Well, there are a lot of questions that are repetitive (though, happily, none of yours!), so those get boring and rote after a while, at least to answer. I figure that the question and answer will be new for those asking, or else they wouldn’t ask. I don’t dislike the questions, or my answers to them, but once you’ve said who your favourite authors are about 200 times, you start to wince when you see the question forming on someone’s lips. Also, I’m not wild about anything that is asking for any kind of spoiler, because I live spoiler-free in terms of what’s coming in my various stories. Otherwise, I’m pretty jazzed that anyone cares about what I think about anything, so I’m usually pretty happy to answer pretty much anything and everything.

Gini1Bonus Question: Could you tell us more about your newest non-series release, Random Musings from the Funny Girl?

Random Musings from the Funny Girl is my first full length collection
of short humor. Many, but not all, of the pieces have been previously
published — including the pieces that started my career — but this
is pretty much now the only place where you can find them, let alone
find them all together. PLUS there are a ton of new pieces that have
never been seen before, anywhere. Because I’m a giver, me. Anyone who wants to actually understand the inner workings of my mind should get his book — it’s far more true than most people will want to believe. And if you just like my sense of humor, well, it’s here, in all its sarcastic glory. Truly, it’s a deal at twice the price.


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 Twitter: @GiniKoch
A mountain camp - by MeganeRid from Lucasart

A mountain camp – by MeganeRid from Lucasart

The following poem, author unknown, was found on a Flashdrive preserved beneath the ruins of Old London, excavated by the Northern Nations Archaeologist Team in 2237, over two hundred years after the Great Invasion.  The poem is now displayed in the Renaissance Museum as a poignant reminder of the Lost Years.

A New Creed

The sun rises, and sets, and the world turns
In the clear sky, and if I close my eyes
I can hear the birds sing their happy lie,
Though Paris has fallen, and London burns,
 And in the smoke-stained streets men lie rotting,
Unburied, unshriven, easy pickings
For the Tower crows.  Shakespeare and Dickens
Wouldn’t let this heartbreak be forgotten,
They would immortalise that historic
Day when our green and precious Earth, our home,
Was invaded, when, although unwelcome,
They darkened our skies with their great warships,
That momentous day, when all working men
Took to the streets with spades and kitchen knives
And fought to defend their homes, gave their lives
For their wives and children, fought even when
The black soldiers outnumbered them ten to
One, till they fell in lines like dominoes,
While the women wept for their dead heroes.
Then it was their turn, as the cold wind blew
Down the death-filled streets, to try and protect
Their sobbing children, the screaming babies,
To the acrid end.  All died.  Though maybe
There are others, like me, in this crushed, wrecked
World, who have survived.  But we are scattered,
Homeless, hungry, frightened and so alone
In this alien world of death, bleached bone
And burned flesh.  Our tender souls are battered
Beyond repair, suppressed.  We can’t go back
To what we were.  We are now a new breed
Of man, with a new goal and a new creed,
To finish the soldiers, the beasts in black.
We will fight on, no matter what the cost,
Though all is lost, and all will ever be lost.

photo.phpFreya is a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, as well as a dedicated gamer. She has a deep and abiding fascination for the history and archaeology of the middle ages and spent many hours as a teenager writing out notecards detailing the battles of the Wars of the Roses, or moping around museums looking at ancient skeletons, bits of rusted iron and broken pots. She lives in the glorious country of New Zealand Aotearoa, where the countryside was made to inspire fantasy writers and filmmakers, and where they brew the best coffee in the world.

Heartwood is her debut epic fantasy novel and the sequel, Sunstone, will be released very soon, at the end of March in the US and 3rd April in the UK. Sunstone takes the story forward into three different timelines from 22 years later to hundreds of years in the future, further exploring and deepening the themes of religion and how the land and the people are one. If you love epic fantasy filled with adventure, high stakes, battles, and romance, this may be the series for you!

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake1961652_10152203927862156_1923033838_n

What a great question! Mississippi mud cake.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

Wile E. Coyote.

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

Open it, pocket the money, change the photo on the passport and throw the rest in the river. (Actually I’d probably take it to the Police Station but that sounds a bit dull.)

18209471Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

Ooh, anything! Being interviewed is always exciting. But especially something that proves that the person interviewing has read and liked the book – the ultimate compliment!

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

There’s very little I won’t talk about, LOL! Except politics. 😀

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Twitter: @epicfreya


Betsy Dornbusch is a writer and editor. Her books are Quenched, Quencher, Lost Prince, Archive of Fire, and Exile. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online venues such as Sinister Tales, Big Pulp, Story Portal, and Spinetingler, as well as the anthologies Tasty Little Tales and Deadly by the Dozen.

She’s been an editor with the ezine Electric Spec for six years and regularly speaks at fan conventions and writers’ conferences. She’s the sole proprietor of Sex Scenes at Starbucks where you can believe most of what she writes. In her free time, she snowboards, air jams at punk rock concerts, and has just started following Rockies baseball, of all things.


Question 1: Please name your favourite cake10533683

Betty Crocker white mix with cream cheese frosting.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

Darth Vader before I knew his backstory. That ruined him for me. So now I would go with most of my friend’s Stuart Neville’s antagonists. They are all so well-motivated and legitimate.

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

Hmm, is it an attractive man? That’s funny, but not really a joke. I think it’s tough to not accept something someone is pushing into your hands. (Walk down the Vegas Strip and you’ll see what I mean.) It’s our natural inclination. And then it’s probably the attractiveness of that person that determines the rest of your reaction: is this someone who I want to impress? I might pretend to “know what to do.” Or is it someone I don’t trust or want to impress? Then I might shove it back or drop it. I might also be overanalysing the question… (this is why I write epic fantasy, sigh).

13556724Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

I really enjoy theoretical questions about writing and also about my stories.

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

“How do you get inspired?” I always know when I’m in the presence of someone who isn’t a creative. Creatives are always open, always looking for inspiration. It’s not so much our imagination that runs on overdrive, but our thinking. Creatives are constantly curious. So curiosity inspires me.


Bonus Question: What is the followup to EXILE about?

1387862_10152174139357156_1399404035_nIt’s called EMISSARY. Exiled (anti)hero Draken must go back to his old country as a diplomat, where the King’s Law says he must be executed for setting foot on that ground again. Lies about his past force him into the journey, but, as they say, the truth will set you free. As in EXILE, Draken gets caught up in rebellion, magic he doesn’t want, and the the will of gods he resents.

Oh, and there might be a baby.

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Twitter: @betsydornbusch


Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the award-winning & internationally bestselling author of more than 20 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include The Wild Girl, the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales; Bitter Greens, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale; and the bestselling fantasy series ‘Witches of Eileanan’. Her books for children include The Gypsy Crown, The Puzzle Ring, and The Starkin Crown.

Kate is currently studying a doctorate in fairytale retellings at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Lemon curd cake.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

Irata, the evil faery queen in my novel THE PUZZLE RING. She was so much fun to write!wild girl

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

In real life, I’d probably gape and goggle before trying to hand it back. In my imagination, I’d say, ‘the queen hornet is in flight’, and embark on an amazing adventure before ending up with the treasure AND the boy.

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

How on earth do you write such utterly brilliant and beautiful books?

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

What’s your favourite book?

13101761Bonus Question: I believe you have two more books due out, what can you tell us about them?

An illustrated children’s book called TWO SELKIE TALES FROM SCOTLAND and a contemporary novel for adults called DANCING ON KNIVES which draws on the Little Mermaid fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.


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 Twitter: @KateForsyth

This recipe came in a little recipe box that my Aunt Juanita gave me when I first married. She typed me several recipes for main courses and side dishes, and of course, my favorite, red velvet cake. My Uncle John was a cook in the navy and while both he and Juanita were exceptional cooks, John was my favorite.

I made this a couple of times, but mine never turned out as good as John’s.

Here is his recipe for red velvet cake:

½ cup of shorteningphoto.php
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 ounce red food coloring
1 ounce water (use empty color bottle to measure)
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup buttermilk
2 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon soda

Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs and blend. Add food coloring and water, then cocoa. Blend in buttermilk and add flour and salt. Gradually add vanilla and beat until mixed. Mix vinegar and soda and stir in last. Do not beat. Pour into two greased and floured 9 in. pans. Bake at 325° for 25 to 30 min. Cool and frost.

Fluffy frosting:

Cook 1 cup milk and ¼ cup flour, stirring until thickened; cool. Beat 1 cup sugar, ½ cup Crisco and ½ cup butter until fluffy on high speed of mixer. Add first mixture and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Continue beating. When icing is very fluffy, frost cooled cake.

Good luck and may your cakes never fall!


1779527_738561719488048_624490542_nTeresa Frohock has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. She has turned her love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction.

She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and various short stories. Naked the Night Sings was published  in the urban fantasy anthology Manifesto: UF, while La Santisima can be read on her website. Love, Crystal and Stone is expected to appear in Neverland’s Library.

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Red velvet with sour cream icing, but it has to be a good red velvet cake and not that flavourless stuff in hotels and restaurants. Yeah, red velvet cake, kind of like the one in your picture but without the glass and blood. Or maybe devil’s food. Yeah, devil’s food cake is good too. I also enjoy carrot cake with sour cream icing, because it’s kind of sweet and sour and has a lot of nuts … you know, like Twitter. Mmmmm, cake.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

Adora Preaker from Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects. What a creepy, insidious, child-eating-mother-woman. I think what I really loved about Adora is that Flynn ??????????????????????never tried to make her a sympathetic antagonist. She might have been sick, but there was something evil in her, and you felt it every time Adora was on the page.

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

Well, being deaf, I probably wouldn’t have understood the individual very well, so I would say, “Huh?” If that wasn’t enough to get him or her to acknowledge that something was wrong, then I’d probably just take the briefcase to the lost and found. I’d tell the person in charge of the desk, “You know what to do.” Then I would leave. I’ve decided that I’m a bit too old for adventures and running around chasing people with guns and leaping on and off yachts and all of that.

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

19734165I love it when people ask me about my favourite kind of cake. Because … cake.

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

I don’t really have one. I usually don’t mind answering any kind of question about publishing or my work, because I know when I first started out, I had a lot of questions. Some of my questions were very stupid and had been answered somewhere online, but no one ever belittled me for asking. And I’ve always appreciated that. The authors went out of their way to make me feel very comfortable, and they answered questions that they probably had answered a thousand times before. Likewise, I always want to be available to pass that kind of goodwill along to other people—writers and fans.


Bonus Question: What is it about religion and myths that you find so fascinating that you often weave your stories around them so effectively?

The one thing all religions and myths share is a belief in the supernatural and magic, and it is the idea of magic that lures me. One of my favorite movie scenes is in Big Trouble in Little China where they discuss magic and everyone pooh-poohs the concept. Then an elderly gentleman leans forward and makes a fireball between his hands, shocking everyone. That was cool. I love the idea of magic being real, and religion is my backdoor into that world. Magic is better than cake … and that is saying something.

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Website: Teresa Frohock website
Twitter: @TeresaFrohock

1615111_10152578571904616_1293982277_nStephanie M. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine, and a well-known coffee addict. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and a graduate from Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her poetry collection, HYSTERIA, can be found at

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Coffee cake, hands down. And you can bet I’ll be drinking coffee while I’m eating it, too.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

The Joker. He’s intelligent, has a great evil laugh, and he’s completely mad—or is he? Plus, he dresses snazzy and talks in riddles, although I won’t be taking makeup advice from him any time soon.

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you Hysteria stephaniea briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

Look inside, laugh manically, and then take over the world.

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

Tell me about the time when you were most afraid. I love telling a good ghost story.

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

“Have you ever been locked up in an asylum?” Technically, the answer is yes, because I’ve spent the night at a couple of them for research (Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia State Penitentiary), but I have a feeling that’s not what they’re asking me. But I do love seeing the look on their faces when I tell them yes.

Bonus Question: What are you working on now?

I’m happy to announce that my next poetry collection, Mourning Jewelry, will be out this May from Raw Dog Screaming Press. I’m also working on the final edits for my thesis novel, The Eighth, and finishing the first draft of another poetry collection titled, Monster, Me.

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Twitter: @JustAfterSunset

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Cate Gardner is a British horror and fantastical author with over a hundred short stories published. Several of those stories appear in her collection Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits (Strange Publications, 2010).

She is also the author of three novellas: Theatre of Curious Acts (Hadley Rille Books, 2011), Barbed Wire Hearts (Delirium Books, 2011) and In the Broken Birdcage of Kathleen Fair (Alchemy Press, 2013).

Her chapbooks Nowhere Hall (Spectral Press 2011) and The Sour Aftertaste of Olive Lemon (Bucket ‘O’ Guts Press 2009) have now sold out, and she is currently working on a novel. Her favourite authors are Robert Shearman, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, Gina Ranalli, John Wyndham and Lemony Snicket.

Question 1: Please name your favourite cakestrangemencoverartsmall

That’s a toughie because CAKE! I’m sure most people would sympathise. I’m going to plump for Apple Cake.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

Surely, it’s wrong to have a favourite villain? Bides for time, digs in brain, must be one in there somewhere. Erm… The Pillsbury Doughboy.

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

Open it expecting to find cake and when I find there isn’t cake, I’m the bomb that goes off. Until, I’m pacified with chocolate cake or battenburg (see how I threw more cake in there because I was having such a hard time choosing earlier).

Question 4: WhTheatre of Curious Acts Publishers Weeklyat’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

Can I send you cake?

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

Do you know how many calories are in cake? True story.

Twitter: @categardner
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