Saturday, October 30, 2010

Enter The Wolfman-We Have a Winner!

I'm pleased to announce Brandy B as the winner of a free copy of Howl. There's still a chance to win a copy of Howl through the LASR Scavenger Hunt.

Interview with Beth Caudill

Please join with me in welcoming Beth Caudill. Tell me about yourself. How long have you been writing?

I’m a stay-at-home mom of two boys living in central North Carolina with my husband. I’ve been writing fantasy and paranormal short stories since 2005 when I discovered Kelley Armstrong’s Online Writing Group Forum. Writers could get chapter critiques and there were challenges to get the creative juices flowing. I no longer have time to keep up with the group but I really enjoyed my time there. I serve on the Board of my local RWA chapter Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
I currently have three short stories available at The Wild Rose Press and a novella from Whispers Publishing. You can read excerpts and reviews of my stories at my website.

You've been really busy. How did the inspiration for Healer’s Fate come to you?Most of my stories start from a single scene I’ve imagined or dreamed. For Healer’s Fate, I started thinking about how werewolves would throw a wedding. I knew it would be outside but beyond that I had to play with it. An entire culture could be built around something like a wedding. The story expanded from the consequences of what happened at the mating ceremony. Initially I’d titled the story A Wolf’s Wedding, but by the time I’d submitted the story it had grown and my editor asked me to change the title to something that could encompass the whole story.

Sounds intriguing, tell us more.

Corliss Rumdone hides behind her status as Healer to avoid the normal wolf pack hierarchical challenges. A forced mating changes the course of her life. Instead of Raymond, the beta wolf selected for her, she mates with Liam—her best friend and heir to the Alpha pair.

Liam whisks them away to a shifter retreat so they can allow the mating bond to settle in private. But interference from those seeking power and two terminal children arouse past hurts and challenge their new relationship. Even their home is not the haven it should be as Liam must watch Corliss fight for the right to stay his mate. For one healer, death becomes a weapon to balance life.

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?

Badly. Seriously, even as a stay-at-home mom it is hard. There are school field trips or personal friends I eat lunch with occasionally – usually when I haven’t seen them in over a month. And then there are some lunches with writer friends where we talk about what we are working on or new publishing news. It doesn’t happen every day but can mess with the schedule.
I’m trying to carve out 4 hours during the day to write. Some things like the grocery store shopping, which I used to do in the mornings after the kids went to school, are now done by my husband at night.
Another big time suck are the social networking sites. Creating blogs is still writing but won’t get your story finished. Also reading other authors blogs, keeping up with Facebook and Twitter will suck you in and the next thing you know an hour has gone by. I’m setting a schedule now where I can only check Facebook/Twitter first thing when I logon and after I’m finished with my word count for the day.

What shapeshifter character do you like best besides your own?

Wolves are still my favorite characters, even if they aren’t mine. I’m anxiously waiting for next year when Hawke (the wolf Alpha) from Nalini Singh’s Psi/Changeling series gets his story. I love Curran, a lion shifter, from the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series by Ilona Andrews. I don’t usually get attached to just one type of paranormal. I like authors that can develop an entire world, like Deborah Cooke’s dragons in the Dragonfire series or Virginia Kantra’s selkies in her Children of the Sea series.
What is on your nightstand right now?

A lamp, telephone, 7 books [two I’m actively reading (Atlantis Betrayed by Alyssa Day and The Darkest Edge of Dawn by Kelly Gay) and the rest have been there for a few years. Guess I should do something with them], 5 remote controls (3 TV, 1 Cable, and 1 DVD), cough drops, tissues, scissors, coaster with a drink on it, and two stuffed animals (a snow leopard and mini white tiger).Pretty much like the rest of my room – lots of books and stuff lying around.

What are your other passions outside of writing?

I spend a lot of time reading. I also grow roses and cross stitch.

There's nothing quite as fragarant as a home-grown rose. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

I’m running a Halloween contest on my website for a few $10 gift certificates to Amazon. I’ll select two people from among my newsletter subscribers (you can sign up here) and one person from the followers of my author blog.
I have a flash fiction free read available here.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Enter The Wolf Man

“…his hideous howl a dirge of death.” Tagline from The Wolf Man (1941)
Even with its debut following the attack on Pearl Harbor, The Wolf Man became Universal Picutres’ largest grossing movies of the season. The script had the working title of Destiny. While fate was key to the plot, audiences were captivated by romantic tension between the nobleman, Larry Talbot and Gwen Conliffe, an antique dealer’s daughter
The Wolf Man established much of the werewolf lore that would appear in later novels and movies such as:
  • · Transformation triggered by the full moon
  • · A werewolf bite dooms the victim to become a werewolf
  • · Werewolves can only be killed by silver
  • · Werewolves revert to human form upon death
Due to the popularity of the Wolf Man, Universal had Lon Chaney Jr. portray Larry Talbot in four more films, including Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1943)
Fun Facts
The “wolf” Larry Talbot fights was Lon Chaney Jr.’s own German Shepherd.
Chaney Jr. liked to sneak up on his leading lady, Evelyn Ankers, in full make-up and startle her.
Shooting for The Wolf Man lasted from October 27 to November 25, 1941. The movie was released December 12, 1941.
Estimated budget was $180,000.
I‘ve had fun chatting about these classic horror actors. I believe their performances helped establish horror as a genre in its own right. For a chance to win a copy of Howl, leave a comment by October 29th 8:00 PST about your favorite shifter movie.
Check out the next howlworthy author, Aeryn Traxx, on the tour.

Monday, October 25, 2010

On Tour

I'm chatting about Howl this week with the Chicks of Characterization .
Come by and see me!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lon Chaney Jr.

In 1906 Creighton Chaney arrived in the world nearly stillborn after a difficult delivery. His father, Lon Chaney, revived him by plunging him into the frigid waters of Belle Isle Lake. Young Chaney later made his debut at the age of six months as a prop in his father’s stage act.
Chaney worked as a stunt man and extra under his given name. When he realized studios were more receptive to him as the son of Lon Chaney, he used the name Lon Chaney Jr. professionally. As the Wolf Man, Chaney Jr.’s transformation was an arduous four-hour process while the gradual changes in his make-up were made and filmed. The removal of the layers of yak hair and make-up took a painful 45 minutes.
Though Chaney Jr.’s character perishes at the end of The Wolf Man, the popularity of the character caused Universal to resurrect the werewolf to live again in four more movies. With a career that spanned nearly four decades and included more than 150 film credits, Chaney Jr. was the only actor to portray, the Wolf Man, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the Mummy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Author's Spotlight

I'm in the spotlight at Pam Thibodeaux's blog today I met Pam at The Wild Rose Press Writers Conference in Bandera, TX. She is a gracious author on-line and in person. Stop by and visit!

Bela Lugosi-The Man Behind the Cape

“Listen to them, children of the night. What music they make.” Bela Lugosi as Dracula (1931)
Long before Robert Pattinson appeared in Twilight, audiences were captivated by Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula. Known for his versatility as an actor, Lugosi toured with the National Theater of Budapest until political unrest forced him to flee the country in 1919. Learning his lines phonetically, the Hungarian actor honed his characterization of the legendary count during 500 performances in the 1927 Broadway production of Dracula.
Due to the death of Lon Chaney, Lugosi was selected for the role of Dracula. Lugosi did his own make-up for the 1931 film. Audiences were entranced by Lugosi’s European accent and aristocratic presence. At one point, he reportedly received as much fan mail from the ladies as Clark Gable.
Lugosi would appear in more than 100 films primarily in the roles of vampires, werewolves, ghouls and mad scientists. He was one of the charter members of the Screen Actors Guild. He died in the summer of 1956 at the age 73 and was buried in one of his Dracula capes.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Interview at Naughty Novelists

This week I'm thrilled to be chatting about
Howl at Naughty Novelists I love the title of her site, don't you?

Leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of Howl.

Hope to see you there!

Lon Chaney-Man of 1,000 Faces

The silent film start began his career in 1913 as an extra at Universal Studios earning $3.00 per day. Chaney faithfully brought his leather make-up kit each day so he could play any character the studio needed. Chaney played over 150 different roles from 1913 to 1930. He later wrote the article on move make-up featured in the 1929 Encyclopedia Britannica.

Chaney said of his diverse roles, "The parts I play point out a moral. They show individuals might have been different if they had been given a different chance."

Chaney often took incredible measures to create his characters. For his sole vampire role in London After Midnight (1927) he inserted fish hooks in his cheeks and used wire around his eyes to achieve a corpse-like leer. Chaney pulled back his eyes and nose with spirit gum and used cotton and collodian to broaden his cheeks in order to create the Phantom's skeletal appearance for Phantom of the Opera (1925). Chaney wore a 50 pound hump to portray Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Norte Dame.

His friend, Boris Karloff said of Chaney, "No one suffered as much as he did to bring a tragic, poignant quality to his roles."