On Writing: Ménage au Talk with Jay Bonansinga (Part1)

Part One of our three-way with Walking Dead author, Jay Bonansinga!

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Welcome to Ménage au Talk. We’ve invited Walking Dead author Jay Bonansinga to join us in a three-way discussion about writing, horror, and what inspires us.  First up, we talk about why we write and some of the things that influenced us in our earliest years – things that fascinated, frightened, and gave us the nightmares that brought us to where we are today. Whether you’re a reader, a writer, a Walking Dead fan, or all three, we hope you’ll enjoy our continuing chat.  

What made you want to be a writer?

jay_bonansinga_lrg Jay Bonansinga:

Rod Serling and Cruella De Vil, basically.  I remember vividly being six years old and in the front seat of my grandpa’s ’56 Chevy, and I’m sandwiched between my grandma and grandpa, and innocently watching the original Disney film 101 Dalmations.  And then… and then… this limousine that’s like a block and a half…

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Here is my interview with Tamara Thorne

Mother secrets revealed!


Name: Tamara Thorne

Where are you from:Southern California

A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc : 

I married my high school sweetheart and we live in California with our feline family. I studied journalism and psychology, but only because I couldn’t get any classes in lobster husbandry.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news? 

Alistair Cross and I are about to release our new psychological thriller, Mother. We’re also working on the second book in our Ravencrest Saga series, The Witches of Ravencrest. It’s released as a serial novel and the first entry, Grave Expectations is available now on Amazon.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing? 

I began around second grade. I also sang Paperback Writer incessantly because that’s what I wanted to be. A paperback writer. Yeah, paperback writer.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 In the…

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Here is my interview with Alistair Cross

Here’s an interview with Alistair Cross from the not-so-distant past.




Name: Alistair Cross

Age: 37

Where are you from: Sleepy Hollow.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc.

I can grin a grizzly bear down at twenty paces. I really like American folklore, Irish accents, and French kisses. I have been writing for many, many years. Some people call me the Space Cowboy. My collaborator calls me the Pompatus of Words. I call myself Maurice, but I have yet to be called the Gangster of Love.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Alistair: The first three installments of The Ghosts of Ravencrest, a serialized Gothic Horror novel I’m writing with horror novelist Tamara Thorne, are due out in omnibus form this fall.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Alistair: I emerged from the womb, pen in hand, eager to chronicle my adventures in utero.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

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MOTHER – Coming in April

Our new psychological thriller, MOTHER, is coming in April!

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A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother …

Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.

Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever …

No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.

The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember.

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Writing with T & A: Drama Belongs on the Page

Drama mongers vs. writers. Who wins?

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Writing is a calling. It’s something we feel compelled to do whether or not we make money, whether or not anyone reads our work, and whether or not we win any awards. As much as it is a calling, however, writing is also a job, a profession that requires unwavering determination, unshakable dedication, and lots and lots of time. There is no time to waste.

There is an endless array of timewasters out there, things that distract you from writing such as playing on Facebook and watching television or YouTube videos, but there’s one distraction that we feel needs more consideration: Drama. Drama is perhaps the biggest time-waster of all. Whether yours or someone else’s, drama is writing’s worst enemy – it is the rain on your creative parade.

Clive Barker said, “Be regular and ordinary in your life that you may be violent and original in your work.” We…

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