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Every issue, IN presents INside Authors, a look at authors from around the world who have significantly caught our attention and deserve a little space and recognition. The following two authors are this month's choices, based on the heat arising from their corners. Our hope is to provide a glimpse, a snapshot, an overview of some of the finest writers of our time making waves both tidal and ripple.
Background INfo: I'd like to claim that I ended up in Salt Lake City by some twist of fate, like I threw a dart at a map, or got chased here by a man with a chainsaw, but the fact remains - the place where you are born is the place you call home. I bounced around in South Texas for two years as an LDS missionary (hey, a horror author can be religious too), learned Spanish, came home, and signed a publishing contract for what I thought was just a high school experiment. Who knew my book was so good?
INfluences: My favorite series was and is LJ Smith's The Forbidden Game. I must admit that this trilogy did more for my writing career than any other book . . . mainly because I fell in love with literature. I'd be amiss if I didn't mention Bram Stoker, Nancy Kilpatrick, David Moody, and one particularly creepy hotel envisioned by Steven King. And I can't forget to thank the ghosts that lived in my basement when I was young.
Advice: Forget everything your English teacher ever taught you . . . except the grammar stuff. Find your style, and no matter how many people tell you it's horrible, just remember that it's horrible to them. We all have our own flair for placing words on a page. Just because yours isn't appreciated by an expository essayist (or English teacher, professor, or magazine editor), doesn't mean it will go unappreciated by millions of readers throughout the world.
Mine is at http://www.facadeofshadows.com
The Future: I've been working on two books. The first one is a fantasy novel based on sorcery myth - but since I'm a horror author at heart this book has been placed on the back burner. My newer project is a horror/mystery novel based on fairy tales - but minus the fantasy. It will be about a woman who was taught fairy tales were real, and when the people in her life start dying in Grimm brother style (think poisoned apples), she gets a chance to prove she may not be as crazy as people think.
Facade of Shadows; Bedside Books, October 2006
Background INfo: I was born with congenital birth defects that left me without knees, lower legs, or hip joints. Weighing less than four pounds at birth, doctors said I didn't have enough bone structure to ever be able to walk. However, no one told me I wouldn't ever walk. So, at 10 months, I walked, although, I was just half as tall as everyone else.
INfluences: Even though my outer world was exciting and interesting, the inner world was full of questions. What was life all about? Who am I? What is going on here? There had to be more to life than money, houses, cars, relationships, prestige, approval, and comfort. Disturbing events occurred in 1982 that lead me to divorce Neal. He died 2 weeks after the divorce was final. Intense anger, overwhelming guilt, and the whole gamut of emotions led me to question all I had ever believed. This re-evaluation of every preconceived idea cleared the way for a different approach to life. Life could be lived without conflict, leaving peace and serenity within.
In the seventies friends insisted that I had a story that needed to be told. I kept chipping away at writing. It was so boring I couldn't keep going. Little did I realize that the next 30 years of living experience was necessary for the story to unfold. My best friend, Tanya, kept nagging me to finish the book, which I did in 2002.
Internet Presence: My website at www.donnalancaster.net provides a wonderful two-way gateway for me and my readers. You can also learn a lot more about me and my book there! My website at www.donnalancaster.net provides a wonderful two-way gateway for me and my readers. You can also learn a lot more about me and my book there!
The Future: Most of my energy and attention is directed to marketing. Since I have been speaking in public since 1970, the easiest and most profitable way to market my book has been to speak to groups, including civic, church, youth, prison, women's, and others.
The Short and Tall of It, Word Wright, 2002
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