Thomas Kleaton Interview

This is a short interview I completed for Richard Schiver, a good friend of mine and a heck of a terrific writer:




Ten Ways to Tighten Your Writing & Hook the Reader

Fantastic writing tips!

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When I used to edit for a living, I earned the moniker The Death Star because I can be a tad ruthless with prose. Today I hope to teach you guys to be a bit ruthless as well. Before we get started, I do have a quick favor to ask. Some of you may know that I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so I’ve taken on our dojo’s blog to see if we can try out new and fun content and am using the moniker Dojo Diva.

I posted about how hard it is to begin and the fears that can ever keep us from starting. The way others try to stop us from doing anything remarkable. I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories, so I hope you will stop by and get the discussion going.

To prime the pump, so to speak, anyone who…

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Three NEVERS of Social Media for Writers

Sound advice from Kristnen Lamb.

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These three professional blunders can hang on like the smell of dead fish and stink up our author career, so avoid them at all cost. I understand that many of you who follow this blog are new, so if you’ve made one of these mistakes, you’re learning. We all oops (especially in the beginning), so don’t sweat it. Yet, I see these three behaviors far more often than I’d like.

You’ve been warned ;).

NEVER Be Nasty in a Blog Comment

I am fully aware that my blog can’t make everyone happy. I work my tail off to entertain and enlighten but I know I can’t be all things to all people. If I’m not your cup of tea? Just click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the e-mail WordPress sends you or e-mail me and I will happily assist you leaving (and cry later *sniffles*).

There is no need for…

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Who Says You Can’t be Scared in November?


riding light reviewI just have to thank Cyn Bermudez for choosing Eating Crow for inclusion in The Riding Light Review’s Special Halloween Issue 2014. It is a great collection of horror stories and poetry, and I am proud to be a part of it.

List of contents:

Short Stories:

1. Creak by Rebecca Ann Jordan.
2. Mother Comes in Handy by Cathy Warner.
3. Eating Crow by Thomas Kleaton.
4. Slender and Gray by Jason Marc Harris.


1. Pandora’s Echo by Jacqueline Jules.
2. Sleeping in the Dark by Jacqueline Jules.
3. Danse Macabre by Sarah Grodzinski.
4. Halloween by Sarah Grodzinski.
5. Children Don’t Play Marco Polo Around Here; They Play Charlie Pyle by Sarah Grodzinski.
6. Ghost, Walking by Jennifer Martelli.
7. All Souls Had Bodies They Couldn’t Escape by Cathy Bryant.
8. Trick or Treat by Greta Ehrig.
9. The Countess by Wendy Schmidt.
10. Ghost Image by Flower Conroy.

This special horror issue of The Riding Light Review is now available in Kindle and paperback formats on

Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2014

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I just wanted to remind everyone that Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2014, to be released on October 15, 2014, is now available for pre-order on Amazon for 99 cents. I have several drabbles in this edition, including Harvesting Moon, Blind Date, Cattle Feed, Portent (my favorite!) and Step on a Crack, and can’t wait to read the other stories released just in time for Halloween!

On Rejection. . .

Terrie Leigh Relf: Author, Workshop Facilitator & Writing Coach

I just received my first rejection for Walks-with-Two-Spirits. 

Was I expecting said rejection?


Do I understand why it was rejected?


Furthermore, said rejection was a gift as the publisher took the time to provide honest commentary. While he et al shall remain nameless, I want him et al to know that I appreciate their time and effort.

While waiting to hear back, I read and re-read the novel. Noticed several gaps. Noticed other stuff that I won’t list here. I also sent it to a few beta readers. A few of these beta readers actually read it and provided additional commentary.

Yet another valuable gift.

So what am I feeling now?

Inspired. . .

  • To address those gaps I noticed, but didn’t fill.
  • To provide additional layers that add, rather than detract from, the story.
  • To add spackling paste, putty, and a bit of poured cement to fill…

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Summer 2014 The Horror ‘Zine

the horror zineI’m proud to announce that the paper copy of The Horror ‘Zine for summer 2014, which contains my story One Bullet, is now out; it can be accessed at this link

I was also recently informed that my entry in the Necon E-Books June Flash Fiction Contest, Afterimage, received honorable mention. If you would like to read it, and I hope you do, follow this link:

Quiet Horror, Still the Darling of the Horror Genre

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There is a power in quiet horror novels.

September 15 is the anniversary of the death of author Charles L. Grant, who most will agree was the best-selling modern-day master of quiet horror novels. A rigorous talent, a legend to many of us, Grant had hundreds of books, novels, short stories and anthologies published and won three World Fantasy Awards and two Nebula Awards. Grant wholeheartedly believed in the atmospheric quiet horror story as a serious fiction form.  Descriptions of Grant’s riveting prose and pace are phrases like lulls you into the darksubtle thrillsliterary prowess, creates a luring suspense.  Well-crafted, horror fiction is an art. Read a Grant story and you’ll see why.


Because we remember the loss of this treasured author (and because I admire the craft of quiet horror novels, love to read them and write them), it seems appropriate to revisit…

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