What not to say to authors (and what to say instead)

Joan De La Haye:

This is so true I just had to share it.

Originally posted on AUTHOR ALLSORTS:

NOTE: I LOVE being an author. I feel like the luckiest THING ever. This post is not a sign of my unhumbleness.

…However, since the wonder of being published, I’ve got one niggle. Whenever I talk to anyone about my books, people say the same things to me. Over and over. There are obviously a lot of myths out there about authors, so I’d thought I’d answer the main ones here, all in one go.

Myth one: Authors are all filthy rich…like JK Rowling

What not to say: “Wow, you’re an author? So, where’s your castle then, JK Rowling?”

The reality: Honestly, I’d make more money if I was paid a pound for every time someone brings up JK Rowling when talking to me about my career, then I’d ever make from selling books.

Here is the basic maths…

An average book costs, say, £7.99.

An average…

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And so it begins

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

2014 was a crazy year, and I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t get as much writing, or blogging, or reading done as I should have and chances are this year will probably not be any different. So don’t say I didn’t warn you.

2015 has begun and as far as any plans for the year … well … I only have one project that I absolutely have to get done and that is to finish Fury. I’m not going to make any resolutions because I’ll only end up breaking them and then end up feeling like a complete and utter failure, and that is never a pretty sight.

But on a bright note, European Monsters, with my tale – Black Shuck, was recently released and you can pick your copy up from Amazon. It’s an incredibly beautiful book filled with bloody and fantastic tales of those things that go bump in the night.

European Monsters

The year also started off with a bang in the guise of a fantastic review of Burning over on Tentacle Books!

I wish you all a bloody fabulous 2015.

Open Mic Mondays: No More Freebies by Joan De La Haye

Joan De La Haye:

One from the vaults.

Originally posted on The Man of Words:

Joan De La Haye is one of the hardest working authors I know. She’s also one of the only authors capable of turning in horror that genuinely unsettles me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an enormous wuss and will jump at anything, but Joan twists the knife in a way very few others can. Her work is effortlessly intelligent, inventively horrifying and consistently excellent. I’d recommend starting with recommend starting with Requiem in E Sharp but everything she’s written to date is well worth your time, especially her work in Noir Carnival, the recent anthology from Fox Spirit. Check her site for details of these and everything else she’s done so far.

But, one of the perils of being hard working is you tend to take some professional knocks along the way. For short story authors, there’s a particularly big obstacle to get over and when Joan and I started…

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Interview with Joan De La Haye

Originally posted on The intangible world of the literary mind:

Today I am pleased to present a guest to the blog.

Joan De La Haye

Fellow author Joan De La Haye joins us to in a blog interview. Pull up a chair and your favourite cup of tea, glass of wine, or whatever, and let’s join Joan for a few questions.

Joan has written Burning, Requiem In E Sharp, and Shadows.

  1. Is there an author or book that inspired you to write, whether to become a writer or just to write a specific story?

      That’s a tough question. I grew up in a household full of books. Both my parents were avid readers and I grew up with a love for books and stories. My Grandmother once said that I was writing stories before I could even walk properly. Writing was something that I always wanted to do. When I was about 12 or 13 I wrote a fairytale and forced everybody in…

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Guest Author: Joan De La Haye

Originally posted on Margrét Helgadóttir:

imageA lonely witch longs for a change in her miserable love life, and decides to try out a powerful spell. Joan De La Haye has used her darkest pen in her new book Burning and brings you a grim tale of desire, magic and death.

Joan has been so kind to answer a few questions about her book and writing.

What is Burning about?
Burning is about a witch called Marcie Grove, who hasn’t had much luck in the love department and decides to summon an incubus with disastrous effects.

What inspired you to write the book?
I was attempting to write something romantic and erotic. People keep telling me that I should give it a try, so I did. Only it turned out to be anything but a romantic story. Probably the fact that an ex-boyfriend also asked me to name the lead character after him, probably didn’t help…

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Guest blog! David Thomas Moore on Baker Street

Originally posted on thebookbeard's Blog:

The good folks over at Solaris Books offered me a guest blog and editor of the brilliant anthology Two Hundred and Twenty One Baker Streets stepped up to offer his thoughts on that most enigmatic of characters, Sherlock Holmes.

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Hey there, and thanks for having me on the Bookbeard’s Blog. I hope my own modest beard serves in this illustrious company…

So, with less than a week to go (at time of writing) before the release of my first anthology, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, I’ve been asked to write about the reinvention and appropriation of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. It’s an interesting question, and “reinvention” is, truthfully, an engaging idea. To reinvent; to invent again; to create what has been created already, because in creating it again we are both creating something new and shedding new light on the old.

Baker Streets has been described in more…

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Burning by Joan De La Haye

Originally posted on Tony's Thoughts:

Burning by Joan De La Haye

Sometimes with a novella like this the cover art is an afterthought and feels discombobulated. Not only does this cover look good and relate to the story but the back cover is the rear of the tarot card pictured on the front. Time, effort and skill went in to this cover and that made me want so see inside.

I don’t read much erotic fiction. Partly because I can feel myself blushing as I read the raunchy bits but mainly because I’d rather read about gruesome murders. The bonus for me in this book is that the sex scenes are all part of the setup for the murders. For me this story is a bit like a sparkly vampire story except instead of mooning around after abs of steel the women are making best use of those bodies and instead of a little love bite there is the whole essence sucking death thing going…

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