I was recently lucky enough to converse with Monique Snyman, author of Muti Nation, a brand new novel from Omnium Gatherum. It looks like this:
And the conversation went like this:
Brent Kelley: Hi Monique! So your book Muti Nation just came out from Omnium Gatherum. What’s it about? Romance at sea?
Monique Snyman: Hi Brent! Do I look like a cutesy romance writer … err, rather don’t answer that. No, sir! Muti Nation is a novel about ritual murders where body parts and organs are used for traditional medicine. We follow Esmé Snyders, a young occult crime expert (not paranormal investigator), as she searches for the “muti-killer” who’s been taunting her by leaving bodies all around the place. Her job is, unfortunately, not as straight forward as it appears, because this guy is powerful in a supernatural sense, and ja … he’s got his evil eye trained on her. Muti Nation is also mainly set in Pretoria, South Africa, where we sometimes hear about these types of murders occurring (and yeah, they do happen).
BK: It sounds great! What else have you written? What’s on the way?
MS: Thank you, thank you. *curtsies* I’ve written quite a few short stories that found homes in a myriad of small presses. I’ve also written some other novels. YA stuff. I’m hoping those titles will soon fall into obscurity, so let’s forget I’ve written more books than Muti Nation. *laughs* I’m currently working on the sequel to Muti Nation, and exploring some other ideas I have. Oh, and I’ve been submitting some more short stories. That’s about it on the writing front at the moment.
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In the not too distant future, I had a conversation with author Chris Meekings about his new book Ravens and Writing Desks from Omnium Gatherum. This is that interview. But first, a photo of Chris.
Brent Kelley: Hello, Chris. This is the very first question of the interview, wherein I ask you to introduce yourself and provide a short list of your fears. Do you like how that first part wasn’t a question but this second part is?
Chris Meekings: Hello Brent, and hello readers of Brent.
My name is Chris Meekings. I come from a city called Gloucester in the South West of Britain, and I wrote a book. I started writing it about 11 years ago. Then 9 years ago I finished the first draft and had to edit it for 2 years. At the recommendation of a friend of mine, Garrett Cook, I sent it off to Omnium Gatherum and Kate was kind enough to publish it, and here we are.
Ooooh, what are my fears? I really hate flying, which is going to be a bit of a problem in November as I’m due to fly to Portland to attend a convention. That’s about 12 hrs of flight. I’m not looking forward to that.
BK: So tell us a bit about the book. Ravens and Writing Desks. I’m told it’s a metaphysical fantasy?
CM: Yes Ravens is a Metaphysical Fantasy, so it’s to do with exploring the fundamental nature of being and the world around us. But, it’s also to do with books. It’s been described as a book for bookworms.
The story is about a young girl called Lucy Alice Zara Gayle. She starts as a very standard protagonist for a fantasy book. She’s smart but socially isolated and bullied at school. That is until one day when she is confronted by a wizard on her way home from school. He sends her off on a quest to return magic to his world. She, of course, goes, but as she travels this strange land she becomes increasingly concerned about whether what she is experiencing is real or not. To find the answers she must pass three tests, one of courage, one of compassion and one of logic. Only then can she decide what is real and what it is she believes.
It’s a book that, hopefully, tries to illustrate how stories shape our identities and how our beliefs shape our reality.
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After reading dozens and dozens of 5-star reviews for Jessica McHugh’s Green Rabbits, I decided I’d best check it out. I will say this book was NOT what I expected. I tore through this book like a Green Rabbit tears through the junkies lounging in one of Mr. Keeper’s drug dens. It’s a mesmerizing, mind-bending read that will leave you both aching for a sequel and praying one never comes. Green Rabbits will stick in your brain like an icepick long after you finish the last twist of the knife on the last page. Read at your own risk. 5 Stars.
The book’s cover was a little slapdash – hastily done if you ask me – but that’s a different matter altogether.
Howdy, chums! It’s been pretty quiet around this page for a little while, and here’s why:
That there is the front cover of Keep Away From Psycho Joe, a book. It’s Young Adult Horror set in a small town called Bluehills, Wisconsin. See, all over Bluehills and surrounding areas somebody puts up these posters warning folks to stay away from Psycho Joe’s house. Ruben, our main character, happens to live just down the road from ol’ Joe.
Keep Away From Psycho Joe will be available from Omnium Gatherum in Summer 2016. Why, that’s right around the corner! As we get an official release date and pre-order info, you’ll be informed right here.
It kind of goes without saying that I’m stoked about this book. I mean, if I wasn’t would we even be publishing it? No, probably not. Nevertheless. And YES, we DO have other awesome things developing that I can’t quite tell you about just yet.
Ha-HEEEEE! Remember that one funny story about your one friend or family member who had a VERY humorous encounter with a ball? Oh, man! Those stories are the best! The final Chugtober contest revolves around a brand new Chuggie On A Stick video, in which Chuggie tells just such a tale! I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say this story sure has ONE WACKY BALL! Watching this new video gets you an entry point (provided you login down in the contest login area with your facebook, email, or what-have-you). There are some other ways to gain even MORE entry points, too. What’s on the line? What’s there to win? Something cool, that’s what.
During the 45 days of Chugtober Omnium Gatherum and Brent Michael Kelley are sponsoring six contests. Each contest has an exciting prize. We’re giving away witch fingers, tchotchkes, ebooks and other stuff. There are lots of ways to earn entries. At the end of Chugtober the person who has accrued the most entries to all the contests will win the grand prize a 7 inch wifi Kindle Fire loaded with all the Mischief Mayhem Want and Woe books and a few extra surprises.
Contest Six Chuggie on a Stick: Balls o’ Laughs begins Thursday Chugtober 36th.
The winner will receive a set of 4 Chuggie coasters with art work by David Starr and Mischief Mayhem Want and Woe book one Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater (ebook)
Congratulations to Bertha H winner of contest #1!
Congratulations to Cipherscribe winner of contest #2
Congratulations to Yaritza Santana winner of contest # 3
Congratulations to Eleanor Forman winner of contest # 4
Chuggie on a Stick: Ball o’ Laughs
Before I get into this contest, I want you to think about mysteries and jugs. Jugs that are, perhaps, FULL of mystery. Mystery Jugs, if you will. Take a moment and speculate what might be in the Mystery Jugs. If you’re so inclined, scroll down a tad and comment as to what you think the jugs might contain. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here.
In the 5th contest of Chugtober, we’ll solve the mystery of the Mystery Jugs! There’s a Chuggie on a Stick Video you can watch that will DESCRIBE what’s in the jugs! Won’t that be fun? You can watch it and see if you guessed right! And here you thought this week was going to be the worst week ever. Well, not on MY watch! the winner of Contest #5 wins a Chuggie Omnibus ebook, plus some sweet Omnium Gatherum coasters. Sign up a bunch!
Congrats to Bertha for winning Contest #1.
Congrats to Cipherscribe for winning Contest #2. Cipherscribe’s story title will have a short story written about it soon, and you’ll hear all about it.
Contests 3 & 4 are still live, so go get in a bunch more entries. GO!
Chuggie on a Stick: Mystery Jugs