Yesterday, I promised to introduce you to the writer's featured in The Zombie Cookbook. I have asked the "cooks" a couple questions and will share their answers tomorrow, along with my review of this unusual compilation. For now, meet the "cooks":
Kim Richards, Editor: Co-founder and CEO of Damnation Books, she's also on staff for Writer's Chatroom www.writerschatroom.com; writes columns for Myshelf.com and Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction; and blogs at The Write Brigade bi-monthly. Her website featuring her own writing is at http://www.kim-richards.com./
Becca Butcher: Becca Butcher lives in western North Carolina with several family members who frequently give her strange looks. She can be found scribbling into a notepad while working the day job, singing loudly with the radio while driving, or online both writing and flirting, for research purposes of course. Becca writes fantasy, humor, romance, erotica and personal blogs on everything from writing to relationships. More info can be found at http://beccabutcher.blogspot.com/, http://www.facebook.com/writerbecca and www.myspace.com/beccasmagicpencil.
Carla Girtman: Carla lives in Central Florida with her family and two cats. When she isn't working undercover at an international airport or teaching online, she manages to write speculative flash fiction and poetry. She has successfully participated in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) for three years. Her work has been published in Clockwise Cat, Flashshots, Demonic Tome, Flashes in the Dark and a poem will appear in the soon to be released anthology Poems of the Dead. Carla is currently working on "Wordscapes" a collection of her published and unpublished work. (Her cats claim they write better than she does and want their work included.) She hopes to have her website up and running by the end of the year.
Cinsearae Santiago, contributor and cover artist: A digital artist and still-photographer, Ms. Santiago is Editor/Publisher of Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine--a 2nd place finalist in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2008--having created this publication to give new and unpublished writers and artists of the genre a chance to shine and see their names in print, preferring unique, edgy stories that are out-of-the-box. She also received the Author's Site of Excellence Award in December 2007 from P & E, and is a Cover Artist for Damnation Books. She is also author of the dark, paranormal romance series, "Abraxas", found here: http://bloodtouch.webs.com/abraxas.htm. An avid fan of 'old school' horror movies (Freddy, Jason, Michael, Pinhead, etc.), Halloween is her favorite time of the year. She attended Community College of Philadelphia, majoring in English, with interests in creative writing and Theater. Ms. Santiago enjoys the Vampire/Goth scene and can be found haunting Philadelphia's "Dracula's Ball" from time to time, or roaming cemeteries and state parks. She has always been drawn to the flipside of life--the supernatural, odd, bizarre, Gothic, and 'darkly beautiful' always being an inspiration to her. She can be reached through her website, http://bloodtouch.webs.com/. She did the awesome cover for The Zombie Cookbook!
Dawn Marshallsay: Dawn is a vegetarian writer, journalist and artist, whose fascination with zombies began after watching Night of the Living Dead as a child. She draws inspiration from natural beauty and decay in her local Kentish woodland. Find out more at http://www.myspace.com/484164002
George Silliman, artist: George is a 36 year old self taught artist living in New York. His specialty is horror. He confesses to having an endless passion for drawing and painting and is willing to try anything that allows him to experiment and further his boundaries. George's fondness of horror influences every piece of his work. "Imagination is the key to a great horror illo." George currently is on the art staff of DAMNATION BOOKS and his artwork has also been published in such magazines as RAZAR, Black Petals, The Corpse, Writers post Journal, 'Opinions' Magazine, Hoodz and Kopfhalter. He has also had his works appear on the website REVOLUTION SCI FI. George also does private commissions and frequently sells finished pieces. http://georgesilliman.daportfolio.com/
Karina Fabian: Karina Fabian suffers from an overdeveloped sense of humor and a twisted imagination. Little wonder, then, that she enjoys writing quirky stories for anthologies like Zombie Cookbook. In addition, she writes novels about a dragon detective working in the Mundane world. People have been warned not to read her DragonEye, PI, stories and books in the library. When she's feeling more serious, she writes and edits faith-filled science fiction and fantasy. Visit her website at http://www.fabianspace.com/. Check out DragonEye at http://www.dragoneyepi.net/. (Twitter: @karinafabian Facebook: Karina.Fabian)
Kate Sender: Kate Sender wrote her first short story as a child in response to her dad's encouraging challenge; that if she really wanted something, and worked hard for it, she was bound to attain her dreams. She sharpened her pencil with prose and poetry until, decades later, she realized one dream with publication in Falling Star Magazine. Encouraged now by the writing community where she is a moderator and monthly editor of Mystery and Horror Newsletters, Writing.Com, and the versatile, creative authors at Writerspace.Com, Kate continues the journey prosaic and poetic. While realizing her other dream, of being the first mortal female starship commander, required more math than she cared to master, she never lost her desire to explore physical and ephemeral wonders. Her stories and poetry are inspired by the natural world in its myriad manifestations, obvious to the discerning writer's eye.
Lin Neiswender: Lin Neiswender knew from childhood, with the rich language of her Alabama surroundings firing her imagination, that she was destined to be a writer but lacked the courage to follow through on her dreams until her later years. She now lives in Central Florida and the climate must agree with her, as she has finally blossomed into a bonafide writer. Her work has appeared in Flashshot and will be in the upcoming anthology "Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes: Zany Zombie Poetry for the Undead Head," with more work to follow. Lin spends her spare time collaging, cruising the Internet, and playing with her Shetland Sheepdog who thinks it is his job to try and kill the mailman. She can be reached though her website Land of Lin at http://landoflin.blogspot.com/
Lisa Haselton: Mystery lover at heart, Lisa's writing was influenced by Stephen King at an impressionable age. She enjoys writing flash and short horror, as well as mystery and other genre pieces. Her fiction has been published in Mysterical-E, The Fiction Flyer, Pen Pricks Micro Fiction, and Flashshot. Lisa's first historical time-travel romance was published in June by Red Rose Publishing under a pseudonym. She's a full-time independent editor and freelance writer. There's nothing more satisfying than playing with words. Lisa Haselton has been writing since her youth. She's written in many genres including horror, mystery, and fantasy, and has several short stories published. Some stories have won or placed in contests. Words are like oxygen to her; she needs to write every day. She hopes her stories are as enjoyable for others to read as they are for her to create. She loves creating a perfectly good world and then twisting it out of proportion. http://www.myspace.com/lisahaselton, http://lisahaselton.tripod.com/
Scott Virtes: Scott Virtes has had over 400 stories & poems published since 1986. His works have appeared in Nature (June 2009), Analog (July/Aug 2007, Jan 1997), Space & Time, Ideomancer, Star*Line, Cafe Irreal, Illumen, and many more. He has two story collections and 5 poetry chapbooks available. You can watch him die in "Master and Commander", but he's okay now. Home page: http://scott.virtes.com/