UnCommon Bodies Q&A: Deanne Charlton

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Welcome back to the UnCommon Bodies interview series. Today is a first for Solitary Mindset – I’m talking to a poet. Deanne Charlton has three poems in UnCommon Bodies – It Runs in the Family, Eternity in a One-night Stand, and Brenga’s Body. I’ve written a total of two poems in my life and they’re about as bad as you’d expect. Thankfully, Deanne was good enough to include one of hers at the end of the interview. What attracted you to the UnCommon Bodies project? I have been following PK Tyler for a while, and saw her call for stories. I had a couple of poems that I thought fit the theme, and another had been taunting me for years, unfinished. I sent them. She was gracious enough to read and consider them, and responded, “…these are delicious.  They read like water flowing between the rocks of a story”. On the topic of not having asked for poetry, she mentioned, “You have balls, girl, and I adore that”. As a female, I figured that meant I had one of those #UnCommonBodies she was looking for, and that I was “in”. As for the theme of the project in general, I believe most of us harbor darker thoughts about how we … Read More

UnCommon Bodies Q&A: Jordanne Fuller

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Welcome back to the UnCommon Bodies interview series. Today I’m talking to Jordanne Fuller about Scars. What attracted you to the UnCommon Bodies project? I was originally enticed by the promo picture for people to submit. It had a really cool alternative looking woman on it and the idea kind of just jumped into my head. So I started writing… and it all kind of just came out. It was honestly the easiest thing I have ever gotten out of my head. Tell us about your lead character, what makes them UnCommon? The protagonist of Scars is a thirty-something woman named Abigail. She has had a life of various kinds of abuse, and the scars to prove it. Abby decides to get those scars covered by tattoos. This begins her foray into the future life of being a tattooed woman. Any plans to revisit the world of your story? The reason I called this particular installation “First Session” is because any tattoo laden walking canvas can tell you that it takes well over one sitting to do any large tattoo, let alone your entire body. She only has time to get a few scars covered and future sessions will visit her subsequent … Read More

UnCommon Bodies Q&A: SM Johnson

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Today’s UnCommon Bodies interview is with SM Johnson but before you go and read it, check out the book on Amazon. Just look at all those great reviews. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a book that good would you? What attracted you to the UnCommon Bodies project? When I heard last call for the UnCommon Bodies Anthology, I already had the characters (Pete and Rory) for Reserved in my head making noise at me. I had a pretty good idea of why Rory was so flighty, but I wasn’t exactly sure why Pete was bitter, and I was too busy working and being a grad student to really explore what was going on with Pete. Then I had a problem at work and was put on leave, which was horribly anxiety producing and stressful. And the best way for me to combat anxiety and stress is to write, so even though I only had a couple of weeks to produce a story for the Anthology, it was great timing. Tell us about your lead character, what makes them UnCommon? There are a couple of things about Pete that make him UnCommon. He’s in his 40s, for one, which … Read More

UnCommon Bodies Q&A: Kim Wells

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Well, I’m still hungover from last night’s launch part for UnCommon Bodies but it’s not too late to join in the fun. I’m running three giveaways including one for 10 Kindle ebooks! You can find the event on Facebook here. Now we’re continuing the series of interviews with my fellow UnCommon Bodies authors with an interview with Kim Wells, author of the immensely entertaining Undead Girl. What attracted you to the UnCommon Bodies project? Pavarti does such amazing things and when I saw she had this project going, I thought, “do I have a story for this?” It just seemed like a very new idea where we could explore unconventional stories and hang out with a different crowd. So I wracked my brain and then realized I actually had a perfect story for it. Tell us about your lead character, what makes them UnCommon? Undead Girl goes in for a cyborg-assassin upgrade and wakes up half dead. She has cyborg arms, an implant in her brain, and a core body temperature, heart rate, and life signs that mean she shouldn’t be alive. But she is. She also has very vague memories of her life “before” and needs to figure out how to exist … Read More

UnCommon Bodies Q&A: Pavarti K. Tyler

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Launch day for the UnCommon Bodies anthology has arrived! UnCommon Bodies features my short science fiction story Phantom Pain plus 19 other excellent tales. The anthology is themed around the title rather than genre which means there’s a wide range of stories – everything from science fiction to magical realism to horror (there’s some sexually explicit material too) – but every one of them is uncommonly original (see what I did there?). Here’s the publisher’s description: Step right up to the modern freakshow — We have mermaids, monsters, and more. You won’t be disappointed, but you may not get out alive. UnCommon Bodies presents a collection of 20 beautifully irreverent stories which blend the surreal and the mundane. Together, the authors explore the lives of the odd, the unbelievable, and the impossible. Imagine a world where magic exists, where the physical form has the power to heal or repulse, where a deal with the devil means losing so much more than your soul. You can buy the book on Amazon right now and if you’d like to chat with some of the authors and have a chance at winning some great prizes the launch party takes place on Facebook this evening. Over the last couple … Read More

UnCommon Bodies Q&A: Sessha Batto

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Pavarti K Tyler’s anthology, UnCommon Bodies , launches on Tuesday  (but it’s available for pre-order on Amazon right now) and to celebrate I’m running a series of interviews with the authors from the book. Next up is Sessha Batto, talking about Made for This. What attracted you to the UnCommon Bodies project? I love the idea of imperfect people, they are the core of what I write. Everyone is attracted to external beauty and perfection, I like to peek inside and see the inner unique beauty of each individual. No matter how odd or quirky, everyone has something we can be attracted to. What’s the setting for your story? My story could be set anywhere, really. It is mostly an internal journey of transformation, the thought processes of the purposefully unnamed character. Purposefully unnamed because he could be anyone – me, you, a stranger we pass on the street. What was the hardest thing about writing the story? Or was it just a walk in the park? 🙂 No story is a walk in the park. The hardest thing is to make the abstract concrete. To set out an internal journey in language that is accessible to everyone, to make it so any individual … Read More

UnCommon Bodies Q&A: Christopher Godsoe

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Pavarti K Tyler’s anthology, UnCommon Bodies , launches on Tuesday  (but it’s available for pre-order on Amazon right now) and to celebrate I’m running a series of interviews with the authors from the book. Today I’m talking to Christopher Godsoe, author of The Zealot. What attracted you to the UnCommon Bodies project? I’m a huge fan of short story collections in general, having read several from authors like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, and I’ve long been a fan of the Future Chronicles anthologies by Samuel Peralta (featuring contributions from several of my favorite authors). Also, Karl Schroeder’s stories in the MetaTropolis audiobook series have heavily influenced my writing. I’ve always wanted to contribute stories to anthologies like UnCommon Bodies, so when Pavarti posted that she had begun accepting submissions, I immediately committed to writing something to send in. Tell us about your lead character, what makes them UnCommon? The main character in The Zealot is named Dru, and she is the new partner of Tobin Maldovan, the antagonist in my science fiction novel pre://d.o.mai.n. Dru and Tobin are both FBI Agents, with Tobin having transferred across the country following the events in pre://d.o.mai.n. I don’t believe in good vs. evil, I believe … Read More

UnCommon Bodies Q&A: Bey Deckard

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My series of interviews with the authors appearing in the Uncommon Bodies anthology continues. This time I’m talking to fellow Canadian, Bey Deckard about Don’t Touch Me. But before we get to that, UnCommon Bodies is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I’ve read the entire anthology and I enjoyed all the stories. It’s themed around the title, not genre, so there’s a real mix of fiction – everything from science fiction to magical realism to erotica – so even if one isn’t your particular cup of tea/glass of wine/bottle of beer, the next one will be very different. Well worth a look and a good way to reach outside of your reading comfort zone. And if you’d like to hang out and chat with the authors from the anthology, and maybe win some prizes, we’re having a Facebook launch party on Tuesday. Tell us about your lead character, what makes them UnCommon? Beau’s just an ex military guy who fights for a living because he thinks it’s all he’s good for. He wins almost all of his fights due to a severe touch disorder—all human contact causes him extreme terror, and in a fight he uses the resulting “hysterical strength” to destroy his opponent. In Beau’s own … Read More

UnCommon Bodies Q&A: Vasil Tuchkov

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Welcome back for another UnCommon Bodies interview. Today Vasil Tuchkov is here to talk about his mysterious tale, In Her Image. What attracted you to the UnCommon Bodies project?  A fellow writer showed me the UnCommon Bodies project, as he thought my work might be a good fit for it. He was right, as I like to think of myself as an “enemy of symmetry”, and a fan of the odd and quirky (which inevitably seems to sneak into my work even when I’m going for a straightforward narrative). The prompt’s cover was cool, and the part about the “misfits” caught me. My thoughts were that I had just the animal for this gathering of weird ones, and as it turned out, it was well accepted. What are you most proud of about the story? What I like about In Her Image is the attempt to put into words a thing that is beyond a description; an ephemeral moment reached (and lost) by a craftsman in the pursuit of mastery. Immune to the strive for perfection, an unexpected brink of brilliance that cannot be contained. Naturally, I failed, as by definition, it is impossible to pin down the “thing”. What was the hardest thing about … Read More

UnCommon Bodies Q&A: Samantha Warren

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Time for another UnCommon Bodies interview, this time with Samantha Warren about her mermaid ninja story, Saltwater Assassin. What’s your favourite part of being involved in the UnCommon Bodies project? It gave me the chance to write the mermaid ninja story I had rolling around in my head but no place to put. What do you hope readers will take away from the story? I hope people realize that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. You can change your life. You don’t have to be stuck. Are there any authors that influenced your story or your writing in general? I’m definitely influenced in general by JK Rowling and Jonathan Maberry. I also like weird, quirky stories. What are you most proud of about the story? I thought I was going to kill her off, but I managed to save the end without having to do that, giving her a chance to redeem herself. Any plans to revisit the world of your story? Not at the moment, but anything’s possible. Once readers have read your story, which of your books/stories should they read next? All of them! If you like short stories, I recommend the Vampire Assassin series. About Samantha Warren … Read More