Monday, October 29, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 11, *lizzie starr

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 11 of the 13 Days of Halloween, when the authors of the Tales of the Mist anthology go trick or treatin'! Our treat: 13 days of fun guest posts by each author of the just released TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Ready to go? Yes? Here we go, then... :)

Before I start, I'd like to share that TALES FROM THE MIST is currently on sale at $4.99 through October 31st. After this date, the regular price of $5.99 will apply. The book can be purchased from the following retailers:

Amazon US (in digital and print versions)
Amazon UK (in digital and print versions)
Barnes and Noble

TALES FROM THE MIST is already gathering some pretty neat endorsements, including the following one:

"One of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last."
~ Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated

So on this note, I leave the floor to ... *lizzie starr :) 

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Aren't calla lilies one of the most beautiful flowers? The simplicity and wave of the single petal draws you closer. The variety of colors provides a bloom for everyone's taste. They're one of my favorite flowers. But, you didn't come here for me to ramble on about a flower, did you? Quite possibly you'd rather discover how my tale, Dead Lily Blooms, got its start.

When? A longer number of years ago than I care to admit. A friend at my then job and I often had discussions about evil and good--possibly not that common of conversations in a kitchen. But as creatives, we had some interesting talks. And of course he was always ready to help me with writer's problems--like what color lust would be if red was already taken.  

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I don't remember how the topic turned to the phrase 'dead lily blooms'. I suppose it doesn't really matter. I have a list of phrases and odd groupings of words that I believe would make great titles. Dead lily blooms went on that list. It's a great list.

But he challenged me. Most of my tales have a basis in fantasy and rest more on the less dark side of paranormal. I'd never tried writing a vampyre's story. At that time I wrote a few pages in Lily's point of view then put the story away.

Lily languished for a number of years--I'm not gonna tell you how long. That's a secret. Even from me.

So when the chance came to write a short story for this anthology, it was time to go through my old files in hopes some past story idea would leap out and say, "Ooo, pick me! Pick Me!"

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Although Lily really isn't the type to jump around, she does like attention, and my story was chosen. Once the other characters found their way into the tale, the writing came easily.

Will I write another vampyre tale? I don't know. But I do believe I'm going to bring home a bouquet of calla lilies soon.

About *lizzie:

Author and lunch lady (what a combination!), *lizzie writes romance with a sparkling twist.

Find her around the web at her blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest and her website.


TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.

About *lizzie's story, DEAD LILY BLOOMS:

Someone wants vampyre Lily dead, and a bargain with Death has been struck. Death sends servant Agaar to bring Lily to him, but the task becomes more complicated than either Death or Agaar anticipated.

~ Natalie G. Owens ~
No Rules. No Formulas. 

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!