Meet Writer Wm. A. Yandell, #107

williamFor episode #107, our very own David Watson will be reading Wm. A Yandell’s “Cross Back.” “Cross Back” is a chapter from William’s novel, coming out next year. It is a story about a doctor who is investigating if people can return from the dead and describe their experiences. He uses convicts and the terminally ill, bringing them back from the other side.

HA: What is your most recent work for sale and what is it about?Containment Breach Cover front
William: Coming soon is Containment Breach. It is set in the near future, in a world of diminishing freedom. A genetic scientist has created a new life form. He is following the work of another scientist who he believes has made the same discovery, then mysteriously disappeared. This has given him a good reason to hide his discovery. He is brought in by the military to now help fight the creatures his predecessor has indeed created who are now killing every human they can find.

HA: What was the spookiest night of your life?
William: It was actually a day where I was at a chess tournament at a downtown university. Between matches I would go up to the roof to clear my mind before I would meet my next opponent. After getting on the elevator I noticed someone had pushed all the top floor buttons before getting off. Deciding I did not want to go through this I hit the button for the next floor and got off. As I went to push the button in the floor lobby to catch another elevator, I found the button did not work. I decided to take the stairs only to find the door locked. I found myself locked into a 6 ft by 15 ft elevator lobby with only a window on the closed for renovation 12th floor. After pounding on the steel fire door and trying to get the elevator doors open for about a half an hour I opened the window. Looking down only to find the next level roof to be about six floors down. Being a Saturday I knew the first time someone might be one the floor would be Monday, it got really spooky. I finally got the attention of a police man who did not believe I was anyone but a college student performing a stunt. Once I crawled out on to the window ledge he got the campus maintenance to take the elevator up and check on where I was. When those elevator doors opened I was out of that room in a blink of an eye. No one could explain how that could have possibly happened, only that it did.

HA: How do you create stories? What is in your writers tool kit?
William: I use a spiral note book once a story forms in my mind. I will sit down at a coffee shop or even a fast food place, typically late morning, to write out the story outline. I then take off with the outline on the computer. My first computer was an Apple 2E which I got handed down to me and I have used one ever since.

HA: What era do you feel most at home in?
William: I like the near future, it gives me the most liberty. I prefer to take our world and twist it up so to speak.

HA: Who is one person you’d like to meet, living or dead, and why?
William: Nostradamus, he could see the future and I would love to understand him.

HA: What is your favorite horror flick?
William: The first Halloween flick, it was not predicable. You did not know what was going on and the ending was fantastic.

HA: If you were to battle a hoard of zombies, who would be your dream team fighting next to you?
William: All terminators, even the early Arnold version. Artificial intelligence drones are one of the scariest things to me, like zombies they never give up and lack moral pause.

HA: What is the most horrifying costume experience you’ve ever had?
William: I went to a costume party in a high rise and got in the elevator with a women who was terrified of clowns. Of course I was dressed as a clown and as soon as the door closed she started screaming. No matter what I said she was in full freak out. I got out of the elevator as soon as I could and left the building and did not go to the party. A couple of days later I talked to my friend who said, “Was that you? Her husband had the cops come upstairs to find you.” She called after to apologize for her husband calling the police and for flipping out on me.

HA: Where can the addicts find you?

Meet Writer Jay Hartlove, #103

Hartlove HeadFor, #103, we have author of the Isis Rising Trilogy, Jay Hartlove. I met Jay at BayCon (a Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Convention) a few years ago. Last season he was on the show as part of our “Answer Five Fast” author quiz. For #103, he’s bringing us a short story called, “A Day with Daddy.” It is a Twilight Zone style story about the power of familial love.

Let’s find out a little more about him.

HA: What is your most recent work for sale and what is it about?

Jay: Daughter Cell is the second book in the Isis Rising trilogy. It continues the adventures of our detective Sanantha Mauwad, the Voodoo psychiatrist from The Chosen. This story starts out as a medical thriller but quickly turns into a very dark exploration of the soul and the nature of evil. I am now writing the third book in the series, Isis Rising. Desiree Macklin, the survivor of the cloning disaster in Daughter Cell comes into her own destiny opposing pure evil. Love my evil. Love my souls. Love my strong female protagonists.

HA: What was the spookiest night of your life?

Jay: Spooky would have to go back to night when I scared the hell out of myself with dark imaginings as a child. Let me tell you about creepy and awesome much more recently. A few years ago I was driving home late at night from the Benicia Clocktower where I was in charge of decorating for a huge fantasy ball. The wind was blowing off the bay so hard it actually howled. There was a full moon with clouds racing in front of it. I was exhausted, fighting to keep my car on the road. My head was already filled with fantastical visions from the work I was doing. So I turned on the radio to keep company, and what comes on? Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” I cranked it up and let the moment overtake me. Living the dream..

HA: How do you create stories and what is in your writers tool kit?

Jay: I prefer the computer for its word processing. If I can’t get to one I use my smart phone to make notes. If I have time and no computer, then I use paper. I found myself in a hotel room with a couple hours to kill recently and I grabbed a legal pad and ripped out another chapter of Isis Rising. I wrote my first novel (an embarrassingly autobiographical sword and sandal fantasy that will never see the light of day) entirely in spiral bound notebooks. Of course that was so long ago I did not have a computer. Once I was done, I went and got a computer and used it to edit the book. The experience of seeing it the second time strictly as an editor was very enlightening.

Daughter CellI do a lot of research for my writing. The Isis Rising Trilogy is a secret history, with the events of the story inserted into real world events between 2001 and 2009. So I do lots of reseach to get it right. I also draw on many religions and history in my writing, and that needs research too. So when you talk about a writer’s toolbox, for me it’s more about resources than equipment.

I am inspired by music. When I can find the right song that feeds my conception of a story, then that touchstone keeps me going. For The Chosen the song was “The Who’s Behind Blue Eyes.” For Daughter Cell it was The Scorpions’ “Loving You.” For the mermaid romance I am writing as an online serial, Mermaid Steel, the song is The Plain White T’s “Rhythm of Love.”

HA: What era do you feel most at home in?

Jay: I wouldn’t want to live in any other era, if only because of the medical and communications technology we have now. When I am playing on paper, I love going places where people feel and react based on what makes sense for them where they are. I have a lot of fun in ancient Egypt, mountainous Haiti, and jungled Malaysia in the Sanantha books. I have a Jules Verne project I love to toy with, so I get the appeal of Steampunk. And I am having all kinds of fun in my mythical mermaid village.

HA: Who is one person you’d like to meet, living or dead, and why?

Jay: Michael Crichton. His courage to combine genres and break whatever molds he needed to tell the the stories he wanted to tell has been an inspiration to me my whole writing career. I consider it the highest praise I could get when a critic said my work reminded him of Crichton.

HA: What is your favorite horror flick?

Jay: Pumpkinhead. About as dark and personal a fairy tale as can be told. And it introduced me to Lance Henrickson.

HA: If you were to battle a hoard of zombies, who would be your dream team fighting next to you?

Jay: Ernst Blofeld, Anton Phibes, Erik Lehnsherr (aka Max Eisenhardt), Darth Vader, and throw in Megatron for good measure. Supervillains know how to get the job done.

HA: What is the most horrifying costume experience you’ve ever had?Reading pic

Jay: I had myself sealed up in a mummy suit for a couple of hours for a stage presentation. There was no ventilation, and the temperature continued to rise the whole time. The presentation was a huge success, but by the time my roadies cut it open, a cloud of steam hit them. Me steam. I was delirious but thankfully not permanently harmed.

HA: Where can readers/listeners chat with you?

Jay: I hang out a lot on Facebook. I’ve got pages for all my current projects up there. Jayhartlove, Chosenthebook, Mermaidsteel, Snowwhiteplay. And I’m on Twitter @jayhartlove.

To find out more about Jay, visit his blog at: And to find out about The Isis Rising Trilogy, check out where he has posted the research that went into the books in a series of essays that are under Tarot cards you flip over. Lots of interactive fun there. Don’t miss his reading of “A Day with Daddy” coming in episode #103.

Meet Emz at the Sonoma County Book Festival

Free Admission!

The 12th annual Sonoma County Book Festival, the oldest general interest book festival in Northern California, features a full day of literature, poetry and entertainment for the entire family.

Come meet Emerian Rich

at Sonoma County Book Festival
in Santa Rosa, CA
Santa Rosa Downtown Courthouse Square and Central Library
this Saturday
September 24
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emerian will be reading at Redwood Writers Village at 11 a.m. during the Broad Universe: Rapid Fire Readings. She will also be seated at a table during the rest of the festival, so come up, say hello, and check out the freebies she has with her.

Also in attendance will be this year’s Wicked Women Writer Winner, Laurel Anne Hill.