AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Sarah Hans

Author interviews are one of my favorite things to read, and I hope you feel the same, especially with this week of Burnt Fur, the latest anthology from Blood Bound Books, authors. Today we have Sarah Hans.

Meghan: Hi, Sarah! Welcome. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Sarah Hans: In my day job I’m a teacher (middle school, special education English). I write mostly horror. I have a novella and a short story collection out from Dragon’s Roost Press and in the Fall my first novel will be published by Omnium Gatherum. In my spare time I do a lot of crocheting, gardening, and playing horror video games.

Meghan: What are four things most people don’t know about you?

Sarah Hans: I got my septum pierced in Ireland while I was studying abroad (yes, it hurt). I love tattoos but don’t have any. I collect dolls with big heads and color-change eyes called Blythe dolls. I was diagnosed with ADHD at 34 years old!

Meghan: What is the first book you remember reading?

Sarah Hans: Maybe The Secret Garden? I have a soft spot in my heart for that book.

Meghan: What are you reading now?

Sarah Hans: A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs is on my bedside table, I’m listening to The Institute by Stephen King with my partner, and my solo audiobook is A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel.

Meghan: What’s a book you really enjoyed that others wouldn’t expect you to have liked?

Sarah Hans: The DaVinci Code. It’s got problems, but the writing is like a master course in maintaining tension.

Meghan: What made you decide you want to write? When did you begin writing?

Sarah Hans: I’ve always been a storyteller. When I was a kid, before I could write proficiently, I would line up my stuffed animals and tell them stories. I filled notebooks with handwritten stories as soon as I knew my letters, but I didn’t really take off until I got my own personal computer for college. Finally, my writing speed could almost keep up with the speed of my thoughts!

Meghan: Do you have a special place you like to write?

Sarah Hans: My favorite spot is on my patio, but most of the time I’m in my recliner or on my sofa.

Meghan: Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

Sarah Hans: My routine is to have no routine! I don’t want to be limited in where/when/how I write. My only consistent quirk is probably listening to middle eastern music while I write. It’s beautiful and energetic and since I can’t understand the words, it doesn’t distract me from my writing.

Meghan: Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Sarah Hans: Having the time/energy is pretty tough during the school year. Teaching is exhausting and it’s very hard to turn off “teacher brain” and turn on “writer brain.” Writing is very satisfying for me, but often it’s hard to start because I have an anxiety disorder, and it’s even harder to submit the finished piece!

Meghan: What’s the most satisfying thing you’ve written so far?

Sarah Hans: The stories that are based on my personal fears, traumas, and hopes are probably the most satisfying. I call that writing therapy.

Meghan: What books have most inspired you? Who are some authors that have inspired your writing style?

Sarah Hans: I grew up loving L.M. Montgomery, Anne McCaffrey, and Tanith Lee. Now, I really admire the writing of Seanan McGuire, Sabaa Tahir, and Victor LaValle, among others. I love Jacqueline Carey’s baroque writing style. My favorite short story writer at the moment is Brian Hodge.

Meghan: What do you think makes a good story?

Sarah Hans: Three-dimensional characters in a unique and fascinating setting. A story that unfolds like a mystery, without telling me everything up front, so I have to figure it out as I read. I love cosmic horror, so any story with people finding themselves completely out of their depth is really satisfying for me.

Meghan: What does it take for you to love a character? How do you utilize that when creating your characters?

Sarah Hans: I like characters that have strengths and weaknesses. Your protagonist can’t be flawless. I like to root for an underdog.

Meghan: Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Sarah Hans: There’s a piece of me in every character I write! In “The Moon in Her Eyes,” the teenage girl in the story is probably based on my young self. The werewolf is based on my old, blind dog who passed away several years ago. This story was a therapy story I wrote to work through her death. I never expected to sell it anywhere! So this anthology has been a nice surprise.

Meghan: What can we expect from you in the future?

Sarah Hans: I’m always putting out new short stories and the occasional poem on my Patreon, and I’m currently working on another novella about an evil knitting circle (they’re not really evil, just misunderstood!) and my first novel, Entomophobia, will be published in Fall 2020. The novel is about a woman going through a divorce who is terrified of bugs. She shoplifts from the wrong store and is cursed to turn into the thing she fears the most! (Don’t shoplift, kids!)

Meghan: Where can we find you?

Sarah Hans: Blog ** Twitter ** Facebook ** Instagram ** Patreon

About the Book:
Sit. Roll over. Who’s a Good Boy?

There are no good boys in in this anthology, only twisted, deviant, and burnt encounters with pets, people in costume, animals who behave like humans, and creatures who blur the line between the three. Violent pigs, killer ducks, horny bees, a naughty rabbit, and many more fill these pages with tale after tail of hair-raising horror.

Don your Fursuit, slip into your Fursona, and ride the dark wave of horror that is Burnt Fur. You may never go back to wearing your normal skin again.

The Moon in Her Eyes by Sarah Hans
Mallard’s Maze by Joseph Sale
Salivation by Theodore Deadrat
The Hamford Pigs by N. Rose
The Willingness of Prey by Paul Allih
6 Dicks by Rachel Lee Weist
The Others by C.M. Saunders
Randall Rabbit by Elliot Arthur Cross
A Concubine for the Hive by Rue K. Poe
Five Nights with Teddy by Thurston Howl
Oh Piggy, My Piggy by Matt Scott
Ware the Deep by Stephanie Park
The Molt of a Diminishing Light by Michelle F. Goddard
The Victims by James L. Steele

About the Author: Sarah Hans is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher whose stories have appeared in more than 30 publications, including The Arcanist and Pseudopod. You can read more of Sarah’s short stories in the collection Dead Girls Don’t Love, published by Dragon’s Roost Press, or on her Patreon. You can also find her on Twitter.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: James L. Steele

Today we have author James L. Steele, another talented author from the latest anthology, Burnt Fur, from Blood Bound Books on the blog for an author interview.

Meghan: Hi, James! Welcome to Meghan’s House of Books. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

James L. Steele: I grew up as a military child. My father told me to stay out of the military, so that’s why I never joined, and it’s probably why I took up something more creative. Had I joined the Army, I might have had the creativity stamped out of me.

Meghan: What is something most people don’t know about you?

James L. Steele: You wouldn’t know it from my most recent social media posts, but I only just recently got into wine, and I had never been a drinker. It took deliberate effort to get into it. Why would I do that? Apart from finally finding a drink I enjoyed, I thought I was boring and needed a reason to leave the house.

Meghan: What is the first book you remember reading?

James L. Steele: I have some clear memories of Dr. Seuss books, namely I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew.

Meghan: What are you reading now?

James L. Steele: I just finished reading The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. Someone in a writing group mentioned it, and I saw a copy in a local bookstore, so I bought it on a whim. Not casual reading, and probably the longest work of fiction I’ve tackled in years.

Meghan: What’s a book you really enjoyed that others wouldn’t expect you to have liked?

James L. Steele: Probably Tool by Peter Sotos. (You can find his review here.) I enjoyed it in that it presented its points of view very well, and that’s quite an accomplishment.

Meghan: What made you decide you want to write? When did you begin writing?

James L. Steele: I’ve been writing in some form or another since grade school. I imagined I’d get into television and write my own series. I began writing synopses for various film and TV series I imagined, as well as video games. Usually the video game stories came first, and then I imagined the games would do so well they’d become a film series and finally a TV series. Sometime after High School, I decided to sit down and write more than the synopses. Then one day, shortly after my parents split up, I had to make a choice between pursuing writing or computer programming. I chose the one I enjoyed more.

Meghan: Do you have a special place you like to write?

James L. Steele: My bedroom is hardly special. I don’t know how people can write in cafes, let alone coding.

Meghan: Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

James L. Steele: When I was a kid, whenever we got a major assignment, I would ignore it for a day, and then I would begin researching and outlining. I still do that. When I get a new idea, I sit on it for a while, ignoring it, and then I begin. Creating that initial distance keeps me from panicking and starting off wrong.

Meghan: Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

James L. Steele: Writing used to be hard. Having been doing it for so many years, now publishing is the hard part. Getting people interested in reading my published work is harder still, and convincing people to pay money to read my stuff is the hardest task in the world.

Meghan: What’s the most satisfying thing you’ve written so far?

James L. Steele: Recently I wrote an idea that had been germinating in my head since the mid-90s. The idea ended up becoming a 6-book series, collectively called the Archeons series. Taking any idea and translating it into something others can understand has been the most satisfying feeling I can chase, and I think I got the biggest rush from making my oldest idea real.

Meghan: What books have most inspired you? Who are some authors that have inspired your writing style?

James L. Steele: I am most inspired by the classic science fiction writers of yesteryear (namely Clarke). Apart from them, masterful worldbuilders are high on my list (Orwell, Lewis Carroll). I think that’s what I enjoyed most. Worldbuilding.

Meghan: What do you think makes a good story?

James L. Steele: The best stories make us forget we are reading. I yearn to create something which does that.

Meghan: What does it take for you to love a character? How do you utilize that when creating your characters?

James L. Steele: I don’t like to place such strict boundaries on characters, this one you’re supposed to love, and this one you’re supposed to hate, and this one you’re supposed to identify with. I believe to love a character is to understand them. I prefer readers understand my characters, and that allows them to choose which ones they’ll love.

Meghan: Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

James L. Steele: All of my characters have a little bit of me in them, so it’s hard to choose. I think I wrote about my deepest desires in my villains, but since I go out of my way to help the reader understand them, they don’t seem like villains at all.

Meghan: Are you turned off by a bad cover? To what degree were you involved in creating your book covers?

James L. Steele: The cover need not be amazing, but it shouldn’t be thoughtless either. There’s a difference. Usually I’m not involved in the process at all, but when I am, I want it to look like someone put thought into it. If if were up to me, I’d design every cover so the reader will pause to look back at it when they reach that particular moment in the story it depicts.

Meghan: What have you learned throughout the process of creating your books?

James L. Steele: My first book took 2 years to write, and it was still a jumbled mess after I was done. I thought if I kept going, I’d figure out what the story wanted to be about. I did, eventually, but had I figured it out in the first draft, or before, I wouldn’t have needed to spend all that time editing and rewriting. I learned to have a plan before committing to that much writing. Doesn’t have to be a concrete plan, but guardrails can keep the story from going off in random directions. No reason to let the story have its way if you’re just going to edit those parts out later.

Meghan: What has been the hardest scene for you to write so far?

James L. Steele: No individual scenes come to mind. My biggest problem always comes from where backstory ends and now-story begins. My earliest novels often had me starting and restarting a story at different moments. I wasn’t sure what I needed to show and what I could get away with simply explaining. I still struggle with this, though I’m better at it now.

Meghan: What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

James L. Steele: One of the underlying assumptions of sci-fi is that technology is the end result of civilization and it will make all our lives better. I wanted to approach from a different assumption. What if technology was not a sign of an advanced civilization? 4 years later, I had written six books about that.

Meghan: How important is the book title, how hard is it to choose the best one, and how did you choose yours?

James L. Steele: It’s hard to choose a title because no matter what you want to call your book, someone else has already called it that. I try to choose phrases that stand out.

Meghan: What makes you feel more fulfilled: Writing a novel or writing a short story?

James L. Steele: I am certainly a novelist. Most of my ideas end up being too large to be short stories.

Meghan: Tell us a little bit about your books, your target audience, and what you would like readers to take away from your stories.

James L. Steele: Currently I’m releasing the Archeons series, a sci-fi tale set mostly off Earth. It takes place from the aliens’ point of view and only involves humans toward the end. No spaceships. No technology. In this reality, the conscious mind is capable of taking control of spacetime and opening portals to other planets, and that’s how everyone gets around. Archeon is the term given to people who have this ability to break down the subconscious and perceive the universe as it really is. To understand it is to control it. Then something happens that sends this happy system into chaos, and that’s where the story opens. I want it to appeal to sci-fi readers who are interested in something without spaceships and laser battles that still feels sci-fi. I’m not trying to make a statement about technology, but I do often wonder if humankind truly is on a normal path.

Meghan: I am always excited to get my hands on anthologies, especially ones from publishers that I have grown to trust. Tell us about Burnt Fur and your story in it.

James L. Steele: “The Victims” was originally written for a Halloween anthology. It was rejected due to it not fitting in with the other stories already selected, and I understand why, as it barely has anything to do with Halloween. I wrote it with the idea that there could be something going on in the animal world on that particular date, unseen by human eyes. Some secret pact with evil the animals made that ended up saving mankind, and humans are unaware of it. I hoped the story would be a better fit for Burnt Fur than the one it was written for. I don’t write horror very often, so for this to be published is special to me in more ways than one.

Meghan: Can you tell us about some of the deleted scenes/stuff that got left out of your work?

James L. Steele: Most of the deleted elements from my work are deleted for good reason. Action scenes going on too long, incorrect reactions to certain events. That happened a lot in Dangerous Experiments (Archeons 2). My editor pointed these out and I improved them. Hopefully the original version will never be seen.

Meghan: What is in your “trunk”?

James L. Steele: I have at least 3 books I want to go back to and fix up someday. Knowing what I know now, I believe I could do better with those earlier works. I also know it would be a lot of work, so I hesitate committing to them.

Meghan: What can we expect from you in the future?

James L. Steele: KTM Publishing is in the process of releasing the second half of the Archeons series, and I am always looking for homes for what few short stories I’ve written.

Meghan: Where can we find you?

James L. Steele: Blog ** Twitter ** Goodreads

Meghan: Do you have any closing words for your fans or anything you’d like to say that we didn’t get to cover in this interview?

James L. Steele: Horror is not my usual genre, so I hope The Victims intrigues horror readers. And if anyone checks out my other work because of this story, I hope they’re not too disappointed I mostly write sci-fi. Cheers!

Author the Author: James L. Steele has been published in various anthologies and magazines, including: Solarcide, Allasso, Different Worlds, Different Skins: V.2, Tall Tales with Short Cocks V.2, Bourbon Penn, Gods with Fur, Claw the Way to Victory, and The Reclamation Project, Year One. His sci-fi novel Huvek is published through Argyll Productions, and the Archeons series has been released through KTM Publishing, beginning with Dangerous Thoughts. He lives in Ohio, where he pursues his hobby of becoming a wine connoisseur while having at least two existential crises per day.

About the Books:
Sit. Roll over. Who’s a Good Boy?

There are no good boys in in this anthology, only twisted, deviant, and burnt encounters with pets, people in costume, animals who behave like humans, and creatures who blur the line between the three. Violent pigs, killer ducks, horny bees, a naughty rabbit, and many more fill these pages with tale after tail of hair-raising horror.

Don your Fursuit, slip into your Fursona, and ride the dark wave of horror that is Burnt Fur. You may never go back to wearing your normal skin again.

The Moon in Her Eyes by Sarah Hans
Mallard’s Maze by Joseph Sale
Salivation by Theodore Deadrat
The Hamford Pigs by N. Rose
The Willingness of Prey by Paul Allih
6 Dicks by Rachel Lee Weist
The Others by C.M. Saunders
Randall Rabbit by Elliot Arthur Cross
A Concubine for the Hive by Rue K. Poe
Five Nights with Teddy by Thurston Howl
Oh Piggy, My Piggy by Matt Scott
Ware the Deep by Stephanie Park
The Molt of a Diminishing Light by Michelle F. Goddard
The Victims by James L. Steele


Humanity has gone to the stars, split and fused the atom, colonized hundreds of worlds, and rejoiced at first contact with alien life. Until the killing started.

Man has been at war with the Kesvek for over forty years. Nearly indestructible, relentless in battle, and unwilling to negotiate, the reptiles constantly push forward. Colony after colony has fallen, and the human race can do little but hold them back. Humanity knows very little about their enemy.

The Kesvek plan to change that.

There is much to learn, and the Kesvek are willing to teach. So long as humans can survive the process, mankind will discover what caused the conflict, and what is required for peace.

No matter the cost.


Their planet was ripped apart from under their feet. When Deka and Kylac wake up, they discover Archeons are dead, and the portals have closed without warning, leaving hundreds of planets without links to other worlds.

Rel’s destruction touched every planet in the contacted universe. Without the portals, entire civilizations hang in the balance, and Deka and Kylac are the only two who can make spacetime spheres. The raptor and the fox travel from world to world, repairing the damage the disaster caused, preventing civilization from collapsing.

Floating islands drifting through the toxic atmosphere of a gas giant—offworlders are stranded there, just barely clinging to life. A planet of raised platforms made of growing rock that elevate the people above the flammable algae on the surface—everything is falling apart, and where are the people? A world of giant insects—researchers have gone missing, and they have been injected with mind-altering venom. A planet of salamanders and birdlike reptiles who relied on portals for food—facing starvation, the reptiles revert to hunting the salamanders.

What could have destroyed an entire planet?

What could have reached across the light years to kill so many Archeons at the same time?

Did anyone else survive?

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Matt Scott

Today, I would like to welcome author Matt Scott to the blog. He is another one of the talented authors from Burnt Fur, an anthology released earlier this month by Blood Bound Books, edited by Ken MacGregor.

Meghan: Hi, Matt. Welcome to Meghan’s House of Books. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Matt Scott: I am 45 years old and live outside of a little town just northwest of Indianapolis. My wife and I live out in the country with our barnyard friends: chickens (too many), ducks (mean), pigs (potbellied), and our cats and dogs. As well as writing, my wife, Heather, and I run a small pet care business. Big animal lovers. We also recently just kicked off a new venture in publishing by starting our own company- Scover Publications LLC. We are really excited to get started. When I’m not writing or taking care of animals, my wife and I love to go Geocaching, hiking, and exploring. I watch just about anything and everything and my reading habits are similar with a slight preference for horror, bizarro, and crime.

Meghan: What are five things most people don’t know about you?

Matt Scott: I’m deathly afraid of clowns (in person), there is no reason for a grown ass person to be dressed that way. I hate spiders. I collect knives and can throw them pretty well (getting them to stick is a whole other story). I get pretty emotional while watching movies- I get that from my dad. And last but not least, I am slowly giving up meat (my wife is a vegetarian).

Meghan: What is the first book you remember reading?

Matt Scott: Top of my head- maybe those D+D Choose your own adventure books?

Meghan: What are you reading now?

Matt Scott: I just finished Sour by Tony Evans, Day Care by Tim Miller, and Room 23 by Pete Nunweiler and just started reading Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler.

Meghan: What’s a book you really enjoyed that others wouldn’t expect you to have liked?

Matt Scott: Foolish Expectations by Alison Bliss

Meghan: What made you decide you want to write? When did you begin writing?

Matt Scott: I used to write stories in fourth grade and sell them at recess. I also wrote the lyrics down from songs on the radio and sold copies at school. I’ve always wanted to write. My mom was a big reader and she taught me the value of a good story.

Meghan: Do you have a special place you like to write?

Matt Scott: My office, at my desk. I carry notebooks around with me during the day, and I come home and put my notes or ideas on the laptop, adding to or revising whatever project I may be working on at the time.

Meghan: Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

Matt Scott: I don’t outline, but I work a lot from my notes. I also print out all my research so I can have hard copies with me while I ‘m writing.

Meghan: Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Matt Scott: Honestly – making something special – to stand out – to live on – to make something that means, matters, something important.

Meghan: What’s the most satisfying thing you’ve written so far?

Matt Scott: That’s not a very easy question. I’ve become attached to many projects over the years, not all of them great, but they have meant something to me. A poem I wrote after my mom died called – Night, Night, Beautiful – was inspired by my parents relationship and what my dad said at her bedside when she died. Another couple stories are Still Under and Asylum.

Meghan: What books have most inspired you? Who are some authors that have inspired your writing style?

Matt Scott: I really love Kerouac and Bukowski. I love their voice and style. And Poe. I’m a sucker for dark gothic horror.

Meghan: What do you think makes a good story?

Matt Scott: While I write mostly genre fiction, I think believable, relatable, fleshed out characters make for a better story.

Meghan: What does it take for you to love a character? How do you utilize that when creating your characters?

Matt Scott: A lovable character is a real one- one who is not perfect, who faces real trials, has real concerns and is true to their nature.

Meghan: Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Matt Scott: I have a character in a story called So Tired that I modeled loosely after myself. It has an emotional payoff at the end, so I really like his reaction.

Meghan: Are you turned off by a bad cover? To what degree were you involved in creating your book covers?

Matt Scott: I am, yes. A bad cover will make me skip right past it most times, unless I recognize the author. I have worked with Becky Narron from Terror Tract on both my book covers – I give her a general idea and she brings it home. She’s quite talented, love her designs.

Meghan: What have you learned throughout the process of creating your books?

Matt Scott: That I have much left to learn. I guess the biggest being, after you finish a draft, put it in a drawer for a while. Let yourself detach from it somewhat as it simmers, then go back to it with fresh eyes before sending it out into the world.

Meghan: What has been the hardest scene for you to write so far?

Matt Scott: I think every scene has its own difficulties, their own eccentricities. Hemingway was right, “writing is easy, you just sit down at your desk and bleed.”

Meghan: What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Matt Scott: My horror has been so far, for the most part, centered on human monsters; the evil shit that people do to one another, inexplicable, and with no remorse.

Meghan: How important is the book title, how hard is it to choose the best one, and how did you choose yours?

Matt Scott: Titles for me, whether they are for a short story, collection, or larger stand-alone work, prove troublesome. Ii think a great title is important, I just tend be a little disappointed in some of mine. They could be better.

Meghan: What makes you feel more fulfilled: Writing a novel or writing a short story?

Matt Scott: I enjoy finishing what I start, it really gives me a sense of accomplishment, so short stories are completed more frequently. Having said that, I am on the cusp of completing my first novel, so I’ll let you know then. I have put together a collection of shorts, which was satisfying and a poetry collection, which I’m proud of.

Meghan: Tell us a little bit about your books, your target audience, and what you would like readers to take away from your stories.

Matt Scott: What I have sent out into the world at this point is geared toward a pretty big slice of readers- males, 18-45. My first collection of short stories, called Darkness Calling contains a sort of shock and awe TOC. The stories consist of malicious intent, betrayal, debauchery, deviancy, and good old fashion murder. Splatterpunk, to a small extent. Mine are a little tame compared to some, and that’s ok.

Meghan: I am always excited to get my hands on anthologies, especially ones from publishers that I have grown to trust. Tell us about Burnt Fur and your story in it.

Matt Scott: My story in Burnt Fur snuck up on me. It started out, believe or not, as a part of a longer stand-alone work aimed at a much younger audience – Think Babe, or Charlotte’s Web (yeah, I know). I morphed the story to fit the call actually. I had a solid character and a good protagonist, so I gave him anthropomorphic qualities and sent him to town. The result was bizarre, unexpected, funny, and horrifying – I was really quite happy with it.

Meghan: Can you tell us about some of the deleted scenes/stuff that got left out of your work?

Matt Scott: As I said, really everything outside the immediate scenario was cut out and the rating went from PG to… well, I don’t know what you would rate Oh Piggy, My Piggy.

Meghan: What is in your “trunk”?

Matt Scott: Right now I’m working on another collection of short stories (not quite as gory and graphic), three novels, another poetry book, and as mentioned earlier, my wife and I just started our own publishing company – Scover Publications LLC. I am really excited about all that’s going on right now, if not sometimes a little overwhelmed, but I’ll take that over the alternative.

Meghan: What can we expect from you in the future?

Matt Scott: Hopefully a few substantial novel length works, more literary than horror, as well as a new collection of shorts and some more poetry. Also looking forward to putting out titles by other authors.

Meghan: Where can we find you?

Matt Scott: Facebook ** Twitter **
Email (author) = mattscott1971@yahoo.com
Email (publishing) = scoverpublications@yahoo.com

Meghan: Do you have any closing words for your fans or anything you’d like to say that we didn’t get to cover in this interview?

Matt Scott: I would just like to say thank you, Meghan, for the chance to reach out and answer some very hard and intriguing questions. I appreciate the opportunity. I had a lot of fun and hope readers enjoy this and the upcoming Burnt Fur anthology from Blood Bound Books.

About the Book:
Sit. Roll over. Who’s a Good Boy?

There are no good boys in in this anthology, only twisted, deviant, and burnt encounters with pets, people in costume, animals who behave like humans, and creatures who blur the line between the three. Violent pigs, killer ducks, horny bees, a naughty rabbit, and many more fill these pages with tale after tail of hair-raising horror.

Don your Fursuit, slip into your Fursona, and ride the dark wave of horror that is Burnt Fur. You may never go back to wearing your normal skin again.

The Moon in Her Eyes by Sarah Hans
Mallard’s Maze by Joseph Sale
Salivation by Theodore Deadrat
The Hamford Pigs by N. Rose
The Willingness of Prey by Paul Allih
6 Dicks by Rachel Lee Weist
The Others by C.M. Saunders
Randall Rabbit by Elliot Arthur Cross
A Concubine for the Hive by Rue K. Poe
Five Nights with Teddy by Thurston Howl
Oh Piggy, My Piggy by Matt Scott
Ware the Deep by Stephanie Park
The Molt of a Diminishing Light by Michelle F. Goddard
The Victims by James L. Steele

About the Author: Matt Scott is the author of over two dozen published stories and two collections of short horror and poetry. His work has appeared in anthologies from Terror Tract, Deadman’s Tome, Infernal Ink Magazine, and Burnt Fur by Blood Bound Books. He recently began his foray into the world of publishing by launching his own press, Scover Publications LLC, something he is excited to learn from and grow. Matt lives in Central Indiana with his wife, Heather, and their ever growing gaggle of farmyard friends.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Rachel Lee Weist

Today, the talented Rachel Lee Weist is joining us on Meghan’s House of Books for the first time. She is a very talented author whose short story, 6 Dicks, is included in the anthology, Burnt Fur, released earlier this month from Blood Bound Books.

Meghan: Hi, Rachel. Welcome to the blog. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Rachel Lee Weist: I grew up in Redding, California, before I moved to the coast to graduate with honors from Humboldt State University with my BA in English. I’m a life-long horror fan, from books, films, and video games to art and graphic novels. I was married on Halloween of 2019. I love nature and draw a lot of creative inspiration from hiking the forests and beaches of northern California. I get along with animals better than I do people, and I am always surrounded by a variety of critters.

Meghan: What are five things most people don’t know about you?

Rachel Lee Weist: I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a child, I had the same recurring nightmare about E.T. for years. I am terrified by the two deeps, sea and space, although they are two of my favorite settings in books, video games, and films. My husband bought me a tricycle because I can’t ride a bicycle, and I still managed to crash it and break my hand. I really love to hunt and hide marbles, and I am lucky enough to live in Humboldt County, home of Humboldt Marble Weekend, with a community of folks who share the obsession.

Meghan: What is the first book you remember reading?

Rachel Lee Weist: I read a lot from an early age, but I think the first book to really make an impression was The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

Meghan: What are you reading now?

Rachel Lee Weist: I am currently reading the Nox Pareidolia anthology of short stories.

Meghan: What’s a book you really enjoyed that others wouldn’t expect you to have liked?

Rachel Lee Weist: Stonefish, by Scott R. Jones, was phenomenal. It falls within an area of the horror genre that I haven’t delved into much until recently, so those who know my typical reading habits might be surprised to find that I’m expanding my interests.

Meghan: What made you decide you want to write? When did you begin writing?

Rachel Lee Weist: I have been writing, in some form or another, since middle school. I’ve always been an avid reader, but I needed a way to project ideas that didn’t exist outside of my own head in order to create the stories that I wanted to read. I made the decision to actively pursue my writing interests after taking a creative writing course during my final semester of college. Receiving feedback from those workshops was the final push that I needed to focus my efforts on becoming a published author.

Meghan: Do you have a special place you like to write?

Rachel Lee Weist: I often write in my library, because I can see out the second story window, where the rooftops of houses poke through the trees below like a neighborhood of tree houses. I do my early-morning writing in the kitchen, my other favorite room of the house.

Meghan: Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

Rachel Lee Weist: I wake up very early in the morning and sneak downstairs to the kitchen, make a pot of tea, and write before all of my animals (and the world outside) wake up to start the day. When I finish a story, I will usually let a few days, sometimes weeks, pass before I return to edit it so that I’m not too emotionally close to the story to recognize any short-comings.

Meghan: Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Rachel Lee Weist: I find the absence of feedback most challenging. When I’m working in a vacuum, without the opinions and fresh perspectives of a workshop atmosphere, it can be difficult to tell whether a story is translating to readers the way I’ve intended.

Meghan: What’s the most satisfying thing you’ve written so far?

Rachel Lee Weist: I just completed the first draft of a short story that is my version of a wendigo tale. It is a subject that has fascinated me for years, so it was satisfying to see the idea through to completion.

Meghan: What books have most inspired you? Who are some authors that have inspired your writing style?

Rachel Lee Weist: I have been deeply inspired by most of the works of my favorite author, Stephen King, especially his earlier novels, short stories, and the Bachman books. Other authors who have influenced or inspired my work include Nick Cutter, Dan Simmons, Bentley Little, S.L. Grey, Joe Hill, Peter Straub, Kristi DeMeester, and Nathan Ballingrud.

Meghan: What do you think makes a good story?

Rachel Lee Weist: A good story is one that immerses the reader in the setting, while creating emotional investment in the characters.

Meghan: What does it take for you to love a character? How do you utilize that when creating your characters?

Rachel Lee Weist: It takes a great deal of depth in characterization, of time spent with that character, exposure to their thoughts, and reactions, for me to love a character

Meghan: Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Rachel Lee Weist: I don’t consider any of my characters to be like me, because I try to write outside of myself when creating characters to avoid projecting my personal beliefs, opinions, or mannerisms into a work of fiction.

Meghan: Are you turned off by a bad cover? To what degree were you involved in creating your book covers?

Rachel Lee Weist: Yes, I am very turned off by bad covers. I have also been lured, many times, by great covers that housed terrible books within. I have not been involved in any book cover creation yet.

Meghan: What have you learned throughout the process of creating your books?

Rachel Lee Weist: I have learned not to pull punches when it comes to the fates of my characters, trying to find a balance between attachment to a character and the willingness to follow the story to its natural conclusion.

Meghan: What has been the hardest scene for you to write so far?

Rachel Lee Weist: I have a currently unpublished short story in which a young girl regurgitates a kitten-sized mass of her own hair… that was rough.

Meghan: What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Rachel Lee Weist: I like to explore the weaknesses or flaws of characters, because sometimes these are more instrumental in forming an attachment. Imperfections are believable, human, and I feel more involved in the character’s struggles when failure is an option. I am still an emerging author, so I hope to eventually develop my style in a way that will make my work easily distinguishable from others in the genre.

Meghan: How important is the book title, how hard is it to choose the best one, and how did you choose yours?

Rachel Lee Weist: A story’s title plays an important role in enticing the reader with a preview of what’s to come. I usually title mine after they are finished, because the few words are representative of the tale as a whole. I chose mine, “6 Dicks,” because the story is focused on resource acquisition, each with its own challenges and triumphs.

Meghan: What makes you feel more fulfilled: Writing a novel or writing a short story?

Rachel Lee Weist: I have only ever written short stories to completion.

Meghan: Tell us a little bit about your books, your target audience, and what you would like readers to take away from your stories.

Rachel Lee Weist: I am still an emerging author, so my current published works are few. I hope that those who read my stories will feel affected by them afterwards in some way, whether that be a lingering horror, reflecting on an interesting idea, or perhaps mourning the loss of a character.

Meghan: I am always excited to get my hands on anthologies, especially ones from publishers that I have grown to trust. Tell us about Burnt Fur and your story in it.

Rachel Lee Weist: Burnt Fur is a furry-themed horror anthology. My story follows the journey of an opossum, named Wax, who must obtain soft human flesh for the creation of a fetish suit.

Meghan: Can you tell us about some of the deleted scenes/stuff that got left out of your work?

Rachel Lee Weist: I didn’t leave anything out.

Meghan: What can we expect from you in the future?

Rachel Lee Weist: I am in the preliminary stages of writing my first book, and I will continue to submit short stories for publication in magazines and anthologies. I hope someday to assemble these stories into their own anthology.

About the Author: Rachel Weist lives in a century-old Victorian house on the coast of northern California, with her husband and the host of strange animals that she calls family. When she isn’t writing horror, roaming through the forest, or painting fungi, she can be found with a cat in her lap and a book in her hand.

About the Book:
Sit. Roll over. Who’s a Good Boy?

There are no good boys in in this anthology, only twisted, deviant, and burnt encounters with pets, people in costume, animals who behave like humans, and creatures who blur the line between the three. Violent pigs, killer ducks, horny bees, a naughty rabbit, and many more fill these pages with tale after tail of hair-raising horror.

Don your Fursuit, slip into your Fursona, and ride the dark wave of horror that is Burnt Fur. You may never go back to wearing your normal skin again.

The Moon in Her Eyes by Sarah Hans
Mallard’s Maze by Joseph Sale
Salivation by Theodore Deadrat
The Hamford Pigs by N. Rose
The Willingness of Prey by Paul Allih
6 Dicks by Rachel Lee Weist
The Others by C.M. Saunders
Randall Rabbit by Elliot Arthur Cross
A Concubine for the Hive by Rue K. Poe
Five Nights with Teddy by Thurston Howl
Oh Piggy, My Piggy by Matt Scott
Ware the Deep by Stephanie Park
The Molt of a Diminishing Light by Michelle F. Goddard
The Victims by James L. Steele

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Ken MacGregor

Earlier this month, Blood Bound Books released their latest anthology, Burnt Fur, edited by Ken MacGregor. I have been lucky enough to sit down with Ken, and several of the authors involved in this anthology, and over the next week, will be sharing these interviews with you.

Meghan: Hi, Ken. Welcome to Meghan’s House of Books. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Ken MacGregor: Certainly. I’m a father of two, who drives the bookmobile for the local library, and I’ve been an actor, a stage and movie director (some professionally), a cook, cab driver, hotel desk clerk, and about a hundred and fifty other things in my 53 years.

Meghan: What are five things most people don’t know about you?

Ken MacGregor: I have eleven tattoos (so far). I was married for seventeen years (until death did us part). I did sketch comedy for five years. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a magician (that did not work out). My first book-crush was the Xanth series of youth fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.

Meghan: What is the first book you remember reading?

Ken MacGregor: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (illustrated by Jules Pfieffer).

Meghan: What are you reading now?

Ken MacGregor: The Green Kangaroos by Jessica McHugh, and The Mambo Kings Played Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos. Almost finished with both, which is good, because I have a never-ending pile of books to read.

Meghan: What’s a book you really enjoyed that others wouldn’t expect you to have liked?

Ken MacGregor: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (who also wrote The Elements of Style, a book every writer should own). It’s a kid’s book, but it opens with a man carrying an axe, planning to spill blood.

Meghan: What made you decide you want to write? When did you begin writing?

Ken MacGregor: It’s funny, because I’ve always been a storyteller, for as long as I can remember. I got a poem published in my elementary school newsletter. But I never considered trying to get stuff published for real until almost ten years ago. I was acting in movies, working with friends who were very good at it. One of them, Brian Lillie (who also writes horror, and is very good. You should look him up) said he wanted to make the scariest short movie of all time. So, I tried to write it. I sent him script after script, annoying him until he finally told me to write them as short stories instead, put me in touch with the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers, and the rest sort of snowballed. Now, I have a ton of stuff in print, a novel and a novella on the way, get invited to write for anthologies, and am a professional editor. How the hell did all that happen?

Meghan: Do you have a special place you like to write?

Ken MacGregor: I like my comfy chair in the living room (I’m there right now), sunlight streaming in behind me, pen in hand, wide-rule composition book in front of me. But I can write pretty much anywhere: on breaks at work, in a coffee shop (during non-pandemic times), over breakfast, in the park…

Meghan: Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

Ken MacGregor: A couple years ago, I decided to set aside my laptop and write an entire novella (the one that’s getting published this year) completely by hand. Up to then, I had typed all my first drafts. It was great! I was so much more in tune with the story, and it flowed more easily. Since, I’ve written almost everything longhand first. When I transcribe it to computer, I do my first real edit. This system has worked well for me. I won’t suggest you do it. Everyone has their own process, and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. But, it might. You’re welcome to try it.

Meghan: Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Ken MacGregor: It’s not the writing itself I find challenging. It’s the process of publishing. The endless waiting, the staggering number of rejections, the number of revisions and re-edits needed to get things in print (especially with the novel!) that I find frustrating. It has taught me to be patient (in all aspects of my life), but I still loathe how long everything takes.

Meghan: What’s the most satisfying thing you’ve written so far?

Ken MacGregor: That’s a difficult thing to answer. It’s dependent on context in a lot of ways. So, I’ll give you my most recent example. I was invited to write for an anthology a few months back. The genre was “magical realism” and I’d not only never tried to write that but hadn’t read any either. The editor suggested I read some Gabriel Garcia Marquez to get a feel for the genre. I did and loved it. I tried to write one story that I thought was inadequate, so wrote another and sent it to a friend whose opinion I deeply respect. She swore at me and said she wished she had written it. I took this as a good sign. Sent it to the editor, who loved it too, and it’s scheduled to be in the book (should be out around October of this year). That was pretty damn satisfying.

Meghan: What books have most inspired you? Who are some authors that have inspired your writing style?

Ken MacGregor: Good Omens, The Earthsea Trilogy, the entire Amber series (Roger Zelazny was a huge influence on me, which also answers the second part). I’ve been profoundly affected by Stephen King, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Steve Martin (he’s a writer too!), Ursula K. LeGuin, and dozens more.

Meghan: What do you think makes a good story?

Ken MacGregor: Characters we can relate to, love or hate, root for or want to see fall; settings we can imagine walking through, seeing, smelling, tasting the world; conflict: if the protagonist isn’t suffering, I’m bored; dialogue that seems real and true to the character (I’ve read some otherwise fantastic fiction that left me lukewarm because of the dialogue).

Meghan: What does it take for you to love a character? How do you utilize that when creating your characters?

Ken MacGregor: They have to be believable, first and foremost. And, they have to be true to themselves. If you’re writing a drug addict, and you put them in a room with drugs, they should be dying to do them. If they aren’t, you’ve lost my trust as a reader. When I write, I let my characters make choices based on who they are. If I put them in peril (and I do, pretty much all the time, because that’s my job), they should react as themselves. If I catch myself trying to help them get out of it, I put on the brakes and get my natural inclination to be nice out of the way. It’s not my place to be nice. The best is when the characters take on a life of their own and make decisions without my consent. Inevitably, when this happens (not often enough for my tastes, but more than it used to), the story is much better for it. I’ve had stories go wildly different than intended because the characters were like, “Nope. That’s not what we want to do.” And I listen, because they know better than I.

Meghan: Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Ken MacGregor: Gavin the Werewolf. No contest. He’s basically me, idealized and indestructible. He’s a wiseass, fun-loving maniac who happens to transform into a giant wolf and loves fighting monsters (the bigger and tougher the better). He’s in four short stories (five, if you count the one I’m writing now) and is one of the main characters in my co-authored (with Kerry Lipp) novel, HEADCASE (coming soon).

Meghan: Are you turned off by a bad cover? To what degree were you involved in creating your book covers?

Ken MacGregor: Bad covers are horrible. I know you’re not supposed to judge, but I do. We all do. I’ve been heavily involved in the cover-creating process for both my story collections, the novel, and with Burnt Fur. Mostly, my involvement has been approval (or otherwise) of cover art, along with making suggestions (and, in the case of my second collection, telling the artist exactly what I wanted). I also hired the artist for my upcoming novella. She finished reading it yesterday, and I’m hoping to see a draft of cover art in the next month or so.

Meghan: What have you learned throughout the process of creating your books?

Ken MacGregor: I’m constantly learning. Every time I read a book on writing, or read a great book, or an amazing short story, I take something away from it. Every time I get editor feedback on my own work, I learn. Every writing experience, and, indeed, every life experience, enriched one and makes one a better writer. I’m always trying to up my game, make each new thing better than the last. The other, less person thing I’ve learned is: don’t be a dick. Editors and publishers all seem to know one another. If you’re professional, and pleasant, you may not make a sale, and you may not be remembered… but, if you’re rude, you’re much less likely to make a sale, and you will be remembered. That’s not the way you want to be remembered. Luckily, I’ve learned this by watching others make this mistake. So far, I don’t think I’ve pissed anyone off. (knocks wood).

Meghan: What has been the hardest scene for you to write so far?

Ken MacGregor: I write horror, mostly, so you might think it’d be the really gruesome stuff: the eyeball-gouging, skin-peeling, genital-torture stuff. It’s not. The worst thing I ever had to write was a scene where a guy recounts the night his wife died in a car accident. Even harder was reading this scene out loud at StokerCon. I damn near cried in that room full of people. My own wife died in 2018, and I doubt very much I’ll ever fully recover from that. Writing that scene helped a little, but it was like putting new stitches in an old wound and pulling them tight.

Meghan: What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Ken MacGregor: I write horror, so I always see the worst possible outcome in every scenario. However, I have a background in improv and sketch comedy too, so I also tend to see the funny in everything. I liberally season the nastiness in my work with a few well-placed laughs. This has the effect of either easing the tension or making the reader wonder what the hell is wrong with me. Possibly both. Oh, and I write sexy stuff too, because I have a background in… you know what? Never mind.

Meghan: How important is the book title, how hard is it to choose the best one, and how did you choose yours?

Ken MacGregor: I think, like covers, titles are pretty damn important. A good title catches your eye, makes you want to know more. This particular book, Burnt Fur, was a carefully chosen title. In Furry culture, there was a time when a small group of people were pushing boundaries and making a lot of other people uncomfortable. From this, a radical, near-Puritanical group emerged, calling themselves Burned Furs, who wanted to squash any sort of blatantly sexual activities among Furries (in public anyway). This group incited violence (though no actual violence is documented) and quickly developed a stigma among other Furries. The name itself causes some people in the fandom to cringe. This is why I chose a variant of it for a horror anthology about Furry culture (and anthropomorphic animals). I wanted the negative connotations that came with the name. I wanted to make people uncomfortable out of the gate. I want you, the reader, to feel a little apprehensive before page one. Because it’s horror. It’s not supposed to be nice.

Meghan: What makes you feel more fulfilled: Writing a novel or writing a short story?

Ken MacGregor: Well, I’ve only written one novel, and that was by accident (Kerry and I had written a short story, sold it, and we’re planning to write another. We got carried away). I love the short form, and likely always will. There’s something incredibly satisfying about being able to sit down and hammer out an entire story in one sitting. Also, I’m a total pantser, so trying to plan out a novel seems incredibly daunting to me. I plan to do it someday regardless, but I keep putting it off.

Meghan: Tell us a little bit about your books, your target audience, and what you would like readers to take away from your stories.

Ken MacGregor: My first collection, An Aberrant Mind (Sirens Call Publications, 2014) is a hodgepodge of short and flash fiction without any sort of theme (thus the name: the only thing they have in common is they all originated in my kooky brain). My second collection, Sex, Gore & Millipedes, is all the stuff I don’t want my mother to know I wrote. It’s all in the title: dirty, nasty, gross, and, well, funny! Headcase is about Johnny Headcase, an aging (but badass) bounty hunter and his friends. It’s like a buddy cop movie with sex and vampires. Son of a Monster Hunter (working title) is my first middle-grade story, and my first novella. It’s scheduled to come out sometime in 2020, and is about a kid whose dad is dying, so he has to step up and take over the family “business” a few years early.

Meghan: I am always excited to get my hands on anthologies, especially ones from publishers that I have grown to trust. Since you are the editor of this anthology, tell us about Burnt Fur, the story behind the concept (since you are the one who came up with the idea), and how you went about selecting the stories included in this anthology.

Ken MacGregor: I already talked about the title, but there’s more fun stuff about how this came about. Blood Bound Books put out an open call, on April 1, 2018, for antho ideas. Said they’d pay to have it made if they liked it. I sent them an email saying that, despite the fact that it was likely a prank, I wanted to pitch the idea of a Furry-themed antho, because I could see it drawing some great stories (it did!) and because it has a built-in fan base as Furries are widely known and many people find them fascinating. Selecting the stories was an interesting process: we had a lot of submissions that were easy to pass over, since they didn’t fit the theme, and some that did fit the theme but were not the kind of quality stories I wanted to attach my name to. After that, it came down to picking the best possible pieces. This wasn’t easy, and some had to go because we had too many of one type (there are, in fact, two pig and two werewolf stories, but they are wildly different, so I let it slide). After choosing the final selection, I was delighted to find that the writers were easy to work with and receptive to my edit suggestions. I can tell you, based on other projects, that sometimes writers are not always so pleasant to work with. I’d work with any of these folks anytime.

Meghan: Can you tell us about some of the deleted scenes/stuff that got left out of the anthology?

Ken MacGregor: I asked a few of the writers to redo the ending of their stories, because I could see an ending the seemed truer to the story. As a writer, I’ve often had people point this out to me, because I was too close to it, and couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Each of these writers was gracious enough to accept these suggestions from me, and, I think, made the stories stronger. Perhaps they mention this in their own interviews. Hopefully, without too much bitterness.

Meghan: What is in your “trunk”?

Ken MacGregor: I’ve been working on another novella. This one is sort of a gritty detective story with a nonbinary, asexual protagonist who keeps coming back from the dead. It’s weird and I have no idea where the hell it’s going, but I think I’ll figure it out eventually.

Meghan: What can we expect from you in the future?

Ken MacGregor: I’m going to keep writing and editing, as long as I can, assuming I survive the pandemic. Kerry and I are writing the sequel to Headcase, which we’ll hopefully finish before the end of the year. I’m going to attend a few conventions, assuming we’re allowed to interact with other humans safely at some point, and look forward to seeing some of you at some of those (StokerCon in 2021 is also on my long-term plans).

Meghan: Where can we find you?

Ken MacGregor: My website (though I’m terrible about keeping it up to date), Facebook, & Amazon.

Meghan: Do you have any closing words for your fans or anything you’d like to say that we didn’t get to cover in this interview?

Ken MacGregor: I’m really proud of Burnt Fur and the writers in it (the cover too, done by K. Trap Jones). It’s an incredible thing to come up with an idea, have it enthusiastically accepted by a publisher, and have the end result wildly exceed your expectations. I believe this book is going to surprise people with its diversity of subject matter and talent; I think readers are going to walk away from this with images from the book indelibly embedded into their brains. It’ll shake you up. It’ll stay with you. Which is good. That’s it’s job. Thank you.

About the Book:
Sit. Roll over. Who’s a Good Boy?

There are no good boys in in this anthology, only twisted, deviant, and burnt encounters with pets, people in costume, animals who behave like humans, and creatures who blur the line between the three. Violent pigs, killer ducks, horny bees, a naughty rabbit, and many more fill these pages with tale after tail of hair-raising horror.

Don your Fursuit, slip into your Fursona, and ride the dark wave of horror that is Burnt Fur. You may never go back to wearing your normal skin again.

The Moon in Her Eyes by Sarah Hans
Mallard’s Maze by Joseph Sale
Salivation by Theodore Deadrat
The Hamford Pigs by N. Rose
The Willingness of Prey by Paul Allih
6 Dicks by Rachel Lee Weist
The Others by C.M. Saunders
Randall Rabbit by Elliot Arthur Cross
A Concubine for the Hive by Rue K. Poe
Five Nights with Teddy by Thurston Howl
Oh Piggy, My Piggy by Matt Scott
Ware the Deep by Stephanie Park
The Molt of a Diminishing Light by Michelle F. Goddard
The Victims by James L. Steele

About the Author:
Ken MacGregor’s work has appeared in dozens of anthologies and magazines, and the occasional podcast.

He has two story collections: AN ABERRANT MIND, and SEX, GORE & MILLIPEDES, and is a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers (GLAHW). He has also written TV commercials, sketch comedy, a music video, and a zombie movie. His debut novel (co-written with Kerry Lipp) is pending publication in 2020, and they are working on the sequel. HIs first middle-grade novella comes out in 2020 too. He is the Managing Editor of Anthologies for LVP Publications, and curated an anthology (BURNT FUR) for Blood Bound Books.

When not writing, Ken drives the bookmobile for his local library. He lives with his kids, two cats, and the ashes of his wife.