We still need a few more pieces for the next issue of Serrated Roses! We’re looking for short stories, flash fiction, black and white art/photographs that fit our Spring/Summer theme GRIT. Get your best dark and disturbing yet inspiring interpretations in before the deadline for your shot at immortality in the next issue of Serrated Roses!
Late, late, for a very important date. I was supposed to join the Blog Tour yesterday *sigh. But alas life got in the way. So here I am, late but better than never! Thank you to K.Z., who so graciously passed the baton on to me after describing her own writing process. Her first book will be out this month: 100 Nightmares. I can’t wait to read it and I hope you will too! K.Z. writes a little bit of everything: romance and erotica, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and bizarro fiction. Check out her blog too!
Now a little about me…
I am the editor of Serrated Roses and an avid writer. I have written three unpublished novels (two literary fiction, one dystopian middle grade sci-fi)
1) What am I working on?
Suicide in Tiny Increments. It is basically about a guy who doesn’t want to live anymore, but he’s too much of a pussy to off himself so he hires a hitman to do it for him. I originally wrote this tragic comedy back in 2011 and I’ve been kind of half-ass submitting it to agents since. After the massive rejection my first novel experienced (still unpublished as well) I wasn’t really too excited to do a ton of querying and had pretty much already accepted that it is impossible for a new author to break into traditional publishing with dark literary fiction. Readers, however, loved it. “Self publish,” they said. But I was resistant. To be honest, it felt like failure, like giving in to not being good enough for a publisher’s approval. Then I met this guy: Mick Tomlinson (more on him below) and he showed me the light! It isn’t about failure, it is about the current state of publishing, and really it’s the only way to succeed right now. So I kissed my misguided snobbery goodbye and embarked on one last re-write (another major thanks to Mick for pointing out two major story flaws!) and started thinking about cover art and marketing. There isn’t a release date yet, but I aim to have Suicide in Tiny Increments available in time for your summer reading list.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It’s written by a woman. Not to say that there aren’t already deliciously dark literary novels by female authors, but we’re definitely not at the forefront of the genre. Readers aren’t used to gritty prose or in your face sexuality from female authors. Hopefully that will change soon; maybe Suicide in Tiny Increments will be part of it. I have noticed that the people who are the most excited about my fiction tend to be men, so maybe part of the divide is simply that it’s a more masculine genre. I think my writing finds a place with these male readers for a couple of reasons: my voice isn’t very feminine, you wouldn’t know you are reading something from a woman by the prose itself; and I bring a new perspective without negating the ones they already hold dear.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Because the story has to be told. Simple as that.
4) How does my writing process work?
I am a slave to my muse. If she isn’t in the mood, well I might as well clean the house instead. Some of my best, darkest, grittiest writing happens after a few drinks. That shouldn’t be a surprise; altered states of consciousness have fueled artists since the beginning of time, no point in lying about it. If anything thank the vodka gods for the boldness they instill!
Next week Mick Tomlinson will take the torch and let us peer into his head. I am supposed to have a picture of him here but for some reason my site is not cooperating and I can’t add any images. You’ll just have to pop over to his site www.micktomlinson.com to check him out. Don’t forget to read his self-interview next week and follow his blog for updates on his upcoming novel!
When I first saw K.Z.’s cover reveal for 100 Nightmares my first response was “Holy shit!” How does one picture envelope so many different horror tropes? Reminiscent of zombies, demons, torture, decay but also viral growth, animalistic femininity, the prey that as become the predator, this cover has it all!
Like K.Z.’s facebook page for more awesome images from her upcoming book! And of course don’t forget to get your copy this April! Here’s what K.Z. has to say about it:
It takes a brief encounter with death to cause enduring nightmares.
A single well-placed blow could maim you for life…
One well-placed word could haunt you forever.
Micro-fiction is a blade—sharp, swift…
Sometimes it goes for the jugular, killing you in seconds.
Its silver tongue touches your throat and warm blood hisses before you can scream.
Sometimes, the knife makes micro-cuts in the sensitive sheath of your sanity, creating wounds that will fester throughout eternity.
Take my 100 words daily like a slow-acting poison or read them all and die of overdose.
It’s your suicide after all.
With her addictively dark style I’ll be choosing the latter! How about you?
K.Z. Morano is an eclectic eccentric… a writer, a beach bum and a chocolate addict who writes anything from romance and erotica to horror, fantasy, sci-fi and bizarro fiction. Over the past few months, her stories have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and online venues. Visit her at http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/ where she posts short fiction and photographs weekly.
Are you a writer or poet of a darker literary ilk? Are you a photographer or artist who pushes the envelope? If so please consider submitting for our upcoming issue!
The theme for Spring/Summer 2014 is Grit. Think…. “no pearl without grit” (to borrow a term from David Brazier).
check out The Anger and find out where those teeth came from!