Coffin Hop Day 3! It’s Business Time!
Tumblr’s finally back online, and it’s business time!
So, the thing I want to talk about is this business of being a horror writer. It’s been a little over a year of doing this, so it’s a great time for a look back!
Yes, I write horror. Well, I’ve written *some* works that could be classified as horror: This Brilliant Darkness and Lucian’s First Trick, and I’ve got a couple more tricks up my sleeve—some comics, and a short story in the Coffin Hop Collector’s EP: A Lycan for Pinterest.
YES, I like the scary stuff. I like my scary with a side of funny, so I end up with completed works like Troll Or Derby and The Wizard Tales, but, yes, I belong in this wild & hairy super-scary genre of writers, and I’m thrilled to be here.
I didn’t always feel so sure about it. I wanted to be:
and to be honest, I didn’t really care how I got there, but I didn’t see myself as a genre author. I just didn’t. So, frankly, I didn’t take much time to think about it! I just wrote, wrote, wrote, and tried to come up with the best stories I could.
Having no obligation to write any particular kind of story (no contract, for example, to write a romance or a mystery), I just wrote. Then I stood back and looked at what I’d made and pronounced it “horror,” or in some cases, “horror lite” or “dark fantasy.” And it was good. Meaning, I liked it. But would the world unilaterally agree?
To that end, it’s been a good year. It hasn’t been a super-star year, but it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve written more horror stuff, I’ve written more YA, I’ve written lots of fantasy stuff…and all along the way, I’ve looked at where I’ve been and asked myself if this is still the road I want to be on.
The answer is most definitely YES.
So tonight, I made myself a new business card. I struggled with the job title. ”Desperate sales-seeking author”? ”Moronic fool?” ”Tired punchline?” LOOK, I’ve had my share of detractors over the past year, echoing their own self-loathing as they recite to me exactly what they think of my business decisions.
But none of them have this:
So, really…if I wanted to, I could put “Red Tash, Best-selling Author” on my business cards now, right?
Instead, I think I’ll just go with this:
TODAY’S CONTEST IS ANOTHER EASY ONE! I’ll make you a business card. Just follow me on Pinterest, and I’ll do the rest!
WHILE YOU’RE WAITING, check out my latest book, the 4.8 star, top-rated roller derby thrill ride Troll Or Derby—it’s FREE TODAY!
And then visit the other blogs in the Coffin Hop for more horror awesomeness: http://CoffinHop.wordpress.com
In TROLL OR DERBY, fifteen year old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she’s grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever?
"Red Tash delivers again with this tale of rockin’, rollin’ and full metal fantasy! I love this damn book." ~Axel Howerton, author of Living Dead at Zigfreidt & Roy
"You’ll quickly become engrossed by Deb and Harlow’s story. Once you start, it’s hard to put Troll Or Derby down. At 262 pages in the paperback edition, it’s the perfect length for an afternoon of summer reading. If you’re down for roller derby, fantasy, action, and a cast of completely insane characters (in a good way), you should definitely read Troll Or Derby." ~Captain Painway, LikeItDerby.com
"This book has it all. Prophecies. Destinies. Royalty, trust, revenge. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are doused in humor and lit ablaze with quirky snark. I blew through this book incredibly fast because I couldn’t put it down. If you want a solid, fun read, then pick up Red Tash’s Troll or Derby." ~Mercedes Yardley, Shock Totem
AND I KEEP FORGETTING TO ADD…I HAVE SWAG! I was just mailing some to Jonquil in Connecticut. I have little zombies, Troll Or Derby pins, This Brilliant Darkness bookmarks, Coffin Hop pins, stickers, and all sorts of other fun stuff. Bracelets! The bracelets are precious.
Email me at RedTashBooks at Gmail dot com and let me know you want swag. Include your mailing address. That’s it!