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An Interview with Toby Tate

Published January 16, 2015 by MommaCat

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1) LILITH was clearly a hit. Would you talk about what’s in the future for her?

LILITH was the first book of a trilogy, although the next two books will be released by a different publisher, Permuted Press. The second in the series, PRIMORDIAL, will be released in May 2016, and THE CAIN PROPHECY in June 2016. There is also a short novella that ties LILITH and PRIMORDIAL together, called THE LILITU, and that comes out in April 2016. I think people will be surprised by the turn of events that takes place in those books. They follow the same action/adventure/horror/sci-fi elements as the first one, but on an even bigger scale, believe it or not. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have being terrified.

2) If you could live during any era in any land, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?

I always thought it would be cool to live in the colonies during the early 1700s, when piracy was at its peak. Even though I’m a God-fearing man, I would probably be tempted to join up with Blackbeard the Pirate. Life was brutal and usually short, but man, what a life! Going from port to port, sailing the high seas with your mates, sharing in the treasure, drinking your fill of rum and just raising hell. Actually, it sounds a lot like my teenage years!

3) What are the next three books you plan to read?

I’ve got them lined up! I have to finish the books I’m currently reading: DEEP BLACK SEA by David M. Salkin and ANCIENT ENEMY by Michael McBride, both friends of mine. Next will be THE LOST ISLAND by Preston and Child, HIDDEN ORDER by Brad Thor and RUNNER by Patrick Lee. Douglas Preston is also a friend of mine – in fact, he endorsed my book, PRIMORDIAL.

4) Do you consider yourself handy around the house?

Absolutely. I’ve installed a gazillion ceiling fans, bathroom light fixtures, wall moldings, kitchen faucets, put in new doors, taken up carpet and refinished hardwood floors—everything but design a new house. My wife does almost all the painting. She’s painted like four rooms by herself, but I did move the furniture! She doesn’t trust me with a paint brush for some reason.

5) What’s your comfort food?

Seriously sharp Canadian cheddar cheese with Ritz crackers and a nice specialty beer, preferably Blue Moon.

6) What if you could trade bodies with one person for one day? Who would that be?

My wife. She gets all the compliments.

7) What life lesson do you wish you had learned much earlier than you did?

How to get along with people and not be a jerk.

8) Who would you like to co-author a book with?

I’ve always thought it would be cool if James Patterson called and said, “Hey, Toby, I’ve been reading your stuff and I think it would be nice to do something with a supernatural flare to it. What do you think?” My wife would probably have to call 911 to bring the defibrillator paddles.

9) What five people – living or dead- would you invite to a dinner party? (Universal translators will be provided)

Well, Jesus, of course, then probably Elvis, John Fogerty, Ray Bradbury, and Forry Ackerman. All of them had a part in helping me become who I am today – for better or worse

10) How do you want the world to remember you?

To be honest, I haven’t really thought about that. But while I’m here, I would like to do my best to make the world a better place and to treat people the way I want to be treated. Everyone is valuable in some way.

Thanks for the interview, MommaCat! If anyone wants to check out my books or music, they can find me on the web at www.tobytatestories.com, on my blog and on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for stopping by Toby!  It was great having you here.  Scifi lovers should also check out The God Particle. It reminds me a lot of David Gerrold’s writing or early Heinlein – who doesn’t love that? He says it’s a series…but I’m still waiting! Maybe we can get him to come back with a new Chloe story if y’all buy enough.  😉 

The Black Church by Toby Tate

Published January 16, 2015 by MommaCat

THE BLACK CHURCH is one fine novella.  Perfect for a cold winter night. Bundle yourself up and settle down with this cozy horror story.  It has everything one could ask for in a dark fiction story – creepiness, tight story-line, suspense, great characterization and most important of all, it has the “ah” factor. What’s that? That’s when you finish a book and sigh when you close it because of sheer enjoyment.

I hope you enjoy The BLACK CHURCH as much as I did.

Available on kindle at Amazon. com

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Lilith by Toby Tate

Published January 16, 2015 by MommaCat

LILITH by Toby Tate is a blend of supernatural horror, military thriller and love story.  The book begins on a naval carrier and a good amount of time is spent on the ship.  This sets the scene for the other two thirds or so of the book. I thought the slow, suspenseful build-up was perfect and created tension that would explode in the action packed remainder.

Lilith is a new breed of human looking to repopulate the world with her kind.

And if the characters come to life for you as they did me, you’ll be happy to know that Hunter and Lisa appear in many of Toby’s other work.  Definitely worth checking out!

Lilith is available in paperback and kindle from Amazon.com.

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An Interview with James A. Moore

Published January 1, 2015 by MommaCat

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1) What’s your earliest memory about storytelling?

My earliest? Sitting on my mother’s knee while she explained to me that thunder was the sound of elves bowling. She then went on to tell me several Norse myths.

2) If you could live during any era in any land, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?

I’d kind of dig living in the Star Trek universe. I’d love to explore new worlds.

3) You’re a self described Luddite. What present day item have you wholeheartedly embraced?  

My iPhone. I broke down and got the thing when my previous phone was dying. I decided that they had finally come up with an idiot proof device and, as I am a technological idiot, I immediately jumped on it with both feet. I liked it so much I bought a Mac.

4) What are the next three books you’re planning to read?

Errick Nunnally’s ALL THE DEAD MEN, Jeff Strand’s FACIAL and Christopher Golden’s TIN MEN. And I am seriously looking forward to all three.

5) If you could claim one book as your own – think fame, not fortune – what book do you wish you wrote and why?

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S (SORCERER’S) STONE. Because that book kickstarted and movement among younger kids to actually READ again and that is a lovely thing to me.

6) What if you could trade bodies with one person for one day? Who would that be?)

The President of the United States of America. I expect no matter what transpired, there would be enough fuel for a dozen novels.

7) Who are the authors that influenced your life the most?

Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Richard Bach, John Irving, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Mark Twain, Clifford D. Simak, Phillip K. Dick, Michael Moorcock, Robert E.Howard, Gahan Wilson, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lloyd Alexander, Dennis O’Neil, Dean R. Koontz, and the Brothers Grimm…in no particular order.

8) Do you have plans to convert all your books into e-books?

Some day. And probably sooner rather than later.

9) What five people – living or dead-  would you invite to a dinner party? (Universal translators will be provided)

Let’s go with six groups I think would be interesting:

1) Stephen King, Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, Steven Speilberg and H.P. Lovecraft.

2) Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Lennon

3) Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Hendricks and Judi Densch

4) Alan Moore, Isaac Asimov, Clifford D. Simak, Charlize Theron and Jane Fonda

5) Alfred Hitchcock, Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon, Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon

6) J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Adolf Hitler, J. Michael Straczynski and Martin Luther King Jr.

10) How do you want the world to remember you?

As a decent person who also happens to be a pretty darned good writer. If I could be remembered as one of the wealthiest writers in history, that too would be nice.

11) Would you talk about your upcoming books and the production schedule?

As it stands right now I have a collaborative book with Charles R. Rutledge called A HELL WITHIN. It’s a southern gothic-horror-crime-mystery fusion and the third in the Griffin & Price novels. After that I’m working on a novel called SPORES that is a science fiction apocalyptic invasion tale. I’m in negotiations for the last two books in the SEVEN FORGES series with Angry Robot Books and I have about three other series that I’m working on getting up and running. There’s a lot in the planning stages and not as much coming out as I’d like in a perfect world. The third book in the SEVEN FORGES series, tentatively entitled CITY OF WONDERS should be coming out by the end of next year. I have multiple short stories coming out in the next year, including a tale in the anthology BLACKGUARDS, coming out from Ragnarok Press in January. I am staying just as busy as I can and have no intention of slowing down. 

We all hope you stay busy Jim! Busy for you means great reading for us. You can follow James Moore on Twitter @JamesAMoore and visit his website here.

Please don’t be a stranger, come back and visit again!

Congregations of the Dead by James A. Moore

Published January 1, 2015 by MommaCat

CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD is actually a joint effort between Charles Rutledge and James Moore.  It takes place in the town of Wellman, Georgia – a town that has had more than it’s share of “unrest” and problems.  This novel features as it’s heroes Wade Griffin and Carl Price, private investigator and County Sheriff respectively.  Another main character that has been carried over from previous stories is girlfriend Charon.  Many other familiar faces will be seen by frequent readers.  This is also part of a specific series that began with BLIND SHADOWS but if you’d like to pick up this first, I feel it’s strong enough to stand on it’s own merits. You can read BLIND SHADOWS second, no harm done.  I know that you’ll want to.

COTD is an action packed story with hardly time to draw a breath to rest.  The Reverend Lazarus Cotton is the anti-hero with the best story I’ve heard yet to explain his reason for being.  It’s so painfully obvious that I wish I had thought of that and wonder why more people haven’t.  Vague?  Yeah!  No spoilers from me!  If you want specifics you know the drill…buy the book!

Available in paperback and kindle at Amazon.com.

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Seven Forges by James A. Moore

Published January 1, 2015 by MommaCat

SEVEN FORGES is a bit of a departure for James Moore.  He steps out of the realm of horror and into the realm of dark fantasy.  The two are very closely related and Jim does an excellent job in this genre.

Lots of swordplay and magic…and Jim begins to build his world of intrigue. He brought to mind David Eddings and George R.R. Martin, but the world of Fellein is all his own.  SEVEN FORGES is the first of three books in the epic series starring Merros Dulver and I will warn you that it ends with a cliffhanger – you might as well be prepared to order the rest of the series once you get a taste of this!

Available in paperback, kindle and audiobook at Amazon.com.

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