Thursday, October 26, 2017

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: A Haunting of Words Anthology by Multiple Authors Featuring Dawn Taylor @GoddessFish

A Haunting of Words Anthology
by Multiple Authors
GENRE: Drama/Horror


From Scout Media comes A Haunting of Words—the third volume in an ongoing short story anthology series featuring authors from all over the world.

In this installation, the reader will experience a multi-genre journey beyond traditional haunts; from comedy, to drama, fantasy, romance, and horror, these stories put eclectic spins on the every-day ghost tale. Whether you are running from the ghost of a vengeful mother, falling in love with an apparition, touring with a deceased famous musician, saving a newborn from a possessed crib, or having a specter cat as a sidekick, these stories of hauntings and apparitions will warm your heart, send shivers down your spine, and tickle your funny bone.

Whether to be enlightened, entertained, or momentarily caught up in another world, these selections convey the true spirit of the short story.

Interview with Author Dawn Taylor for her story “Pepe” in the anthology “A Haunting of Words”

What inspired you to write “Pepe”?

I have always feared and loathed clowns, so when the A Haunting of Words anthology called for submissions, I chose a clown as my ghost entity.  I fear clowns because they hide under a fa├žade of grease paint and outlandish costumes and their behavior is always unpredictable. With so many people sharing coulrophobia, I knew a story of a clown hiding under a woman’s bed would strike terror in in a lot of readers’ minds.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next book or what you have planned for the future?

 My debut novel, “Something’s Not Right with Lucy,” is a psychological horror story scheduled for an early 2018 release.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Pepe?

Diane is a recent college graduate who accepts an intern position with a prestigious law firm in San Francisco. Her excitement is short lived when she learns her first assignment is to cheat a widow out of millions of dollars. When she makes the decision to abandon her values and accepts the challenge, a clown, Pepe, appears under her bed in nightly visits. He performs circus tricks and keeps her awake half the night. As Diane ponders the reason the clown appears, and more puzzling––what is it he seeks from her––Diane’s coworkers reveal an unsettling event that occurred in her apartment. Can Diane connect the dots and save her sanity to win the attorney position she covets?
You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

My favorite author is Stephen King. I admire the way he twists an ordinary event into sheer horror. My love for the psychological horror genre began by reading his novels. My favorite is “Needful Things.”

If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

I would travel to the past, since the unknowns in the future frighten me. I’ve always been drawn to the 1940’s. I love the styles of homes, furniture, and clothing of that era. I also think the world was a kinder, gentler place when neighbors looked out for each other and before the excesses of the 1950’s occurred. Since I currently live in the Midwest, I would likely time-travel to a farm and experience that life style.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

My pets are all rescue animals. I have a Border collie named Minnie who herds my three cats and keeps them in line. Her assistance is appreciated when I am writing and need to remove at least one cat from my keyboard.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today.


$50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Brian Paone said...

Clowns seem to have made a comeback this year with the reboot of "It" and the American Horror Story "Carnival" season. Your story seems to fit right in with the movement, and it's a fantastic story!

Unknown said...

Great interview, Dawn. "Pepe" is the kind of story that makes me want to check under the bed every night. I look forward to reading your novel!

Dawn Taylor said...

Thank you Avid Reader for inviting me today. I am excited to engage with readers who love ghost stories. A Haunting of Words contains a variety of spooky stories to read during October or any time. Dawn Taylor

Marie Landford said...
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Dawn Taylor said...

I think, at least for myself, the unpredictability of a clown's behavior is what makes them so unsettling. Pepe performs several of the typical clown gags in Diane's room. While its humorous when a clown hurls a cream pie into a spectator's face, Pepe's actions are more sinister. Is that a trail of multicolored scarves up that clown's sleeve, or evil lurking? Clowns ...

Unknown said...

Good job, Dawn. Pepe was indeed a contender for scare my socks off.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading the Blurb, congrats on the tour! Thank you for the chance to win!

M W Brown said...

Loved the story. Do you think every since the first clown appeared people have been scared of them?

Unknown said...

HI, this is Sunanda Chatterjee. Pepe was one of the scariest stories in the anthology! Congratulations!

Jodi Hunter said...

Sounds Incredible.

Mary Preston said...

The anthology sounds fantastic.