Carl Slaughter interviewed me about grimdark, violence in space opera, Mary Sues and kick-ass heroines for SFSignal February 29, 2016.
David Owain Hughes featured my favorite Hammer Horror-style scene from The Dangerous Type on his blog for Women in Horror Month February 11, 2016.
The Dangerous Type — and a giveaway of the audiobook of No More Heroes — were featured on the Queer Sci Fi site February 21, 2016.
Nina D’Arcangela was kind enough to feature me on her Spreading the Writer’s Word blog for Women in Horror Month February 26, 2016.
Women Who Submit invited me to talk about my quest to get 100 rejection letters this year https://womenwhosubmitlit.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/the-rejection-game/ April 6, 2016.
On Emz’s Box, I wrote about my long-term adoration for SPK’s Zamia Lehmanni album and the stories I’ve written while listening to it https://emzbox.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/music-inspiring-writing-loren-rhoads/ April 6, 2016.
I was really excited about writing about the Presger gun from Ann Leckie’s Ancillary trilogy for SF Signal’s Mind Meld. Unfortunately, SF Signal closed up shop the next day, so seeing the piece published on May 5, 2016 was bittersweet. http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2016/05/mind-meld-our-favorite-weapons-in-science-fiction-and-fantasy/
No Wasted Ink invited me to talk more about Making a Game out of Rejection June 3, 2016: https://nowastedink.com/2016/06/03/making-a-game-out-of-rejection-by-loren-rhoads/
I wrote about Sex-Positive Succubi at We Read with a Glass of Wine July 2016: http://wereadwithaglassofwine.blogspot.com/2016/07/lost-angels-by-loren-rhoads-brian-thomas.html?zx=1e8256c671d1e401
I hosted a discussion of language in science fiction world-building at Queer Sci Fi on July 27, 2016. I talked about my mission behind the languages in the Templar books. I’m really pleased with how my essay on the subject turned out: https://queerscifi.com/worldbuilding-week-day-one-languages-2/
My list of “Five Science Fiction Novels that Center on Bisexuality” went up on GirlsinCapes.com on August 17 2016: http://girlsincapes.com/2016/08/17/diversereads-sffbisexuality/
I wrote about 10 Overlooked Elements of Promotion for Queer Sci Fi on September 23, 2016: https://queerscifi.com/do-it-yourself-week-day-four-promoting-your-work-2/
For the HWA’s annual Halloween Haunts blog series, I mused on the novel and original Exorcist movie and how they led to the Lost Angels novel on October 29, 2016: http://horror.org/halloween-haunts-exorcism-fun-profit-loren-rhoads/
Alison J. McKenzie asked me to talk about the best holiday of the year on October 30, 2016: https://alisonjmckenzie.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/the-best-holiday-of-the-year-guest-post-by-loren-rhoads/
Late in October, I raved about my favorite cemetery books on Kira Butler’s blog: http://www.kirabutler.com/top-ten-cemetery-history-books/
My essay about the Memorial to the Deportation and my husband’s heritage went up on Cemetery Travel on November 11, 2016: https://cemeterytravel.com/2016/11/11/deaths-garden-pastrami-in-paris/
Starting December 4, I “kidnapped” the Horror Addicts blog for a week. Everything kicked off with an interview with me about Automatism Press, linked above, then continued with:
Death’s Garden’s Call for Submissions: https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/kidnapped-week-automatism-press-2/
Behind my erotic vampire horror story “The Shattered Rose”: https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/20827/
How Horror Writers Show Their Morbid Curiosity: https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/kidnapped-automatism-press-how-horror-writers-show-their-morbid-curiosity-by-loren-rhoads/
A Taste of “The Acid That Dissolves Images”: https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/kidnapped-automatism-press-the-acid-that-dissolves-images-by-loren-rhoads/
Finally, Valerie Frankel collected up the best self-promotional tips from a bunch of writers — and you can get a copy of the book for free. My piece is about giving a reading as a way to sell your books. You can download the collection FREE from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/683123.
Miscellaneous Good Things:
Wish You Were Here, my book of cemetery travel essays, was the topic of discussion at the Morbid Curiosity Book Club in Toronto on January 27, 2016.
David Watson at Horror Addicts really liked Kill By Numbers, the second Templar book: https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/davids-haunted-library-kill-by-numbers/
The Borderlands’ Sponsors Party featured a giveaway of Lost Angels on April 2, 2016.
Kira Butler put together an amazing list of blogs to inspire horror writers. I was so honored to find Cemetery Travel alongside Atlas Obscura, Death Salon, Messy Nessy, Nourishing Death, and the rest: Inspiration for Horror Writers and the Macabrely-Minded in June.
I got to participate in Broad Universe Facebook Parties in August, October, and November.
I got quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about what a great thing Litquake is. It’s all true: the vampires, the porn, the feeling like a rockstar: http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Litquake-makes-writers-feel-like-rock-stars-9773132.php
I signed the signature sheets for the Best New Horror book that’s coming out next year. I’ve 1) never had a piece in a hardcover book before 2) never gotten to sign a sig sheet before and most importantly 3) never had a story in a Best-of book before, so I am completely thrilled. The book isn’t listed on Amazon yet, but I will let you know when it’s for sale. My story is “The Drowning City.”
I was honored to beta read a new story by Brian Hodge for Dark Fuse magazine. It’s intense and as beautiful as you’d expect from Brian: https://www.darkfusemagazine.com/2016/11/mommys-little-man-by-brian-hodge-released/