Stephanie Ayers is another of my Ladies of Horror. I’m thrilled to be able to chat with her about her brand-new book, The 13: Tales of Macabre.
A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is a coffee-guzzling, word-whispering, world-building creative ninja and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found stretching her creative wings designing book covers, promotional graphics, logos and more.
Here’s the blurb: 13 enchanted horrors. 13 spine-chilling tales. Down, down in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 13? This is the second collection in The 13 series.
Here’s the book trailer:
Did something in the real world inspire The 13: Tales of Macabre?
No, not really. I have a very active imagination and it always tends to go to the worst case “what if” about everything.
What is your favorite scene in the book?
My favorite scene would spoil a story, but I’ll share which story is my favorite from the whole book: “Send in the Clowns.” I just had so much fun writing it and watching it develop. Finding creepy music box music to listen to as I wrote really upped the creep factor.
What was your writing process like as you wrote The 13: Tales of Macabre?
Honestly, it started kind of fast. I had this idea to turn The 13: Tales of Illusory into a series and ran with it. Lucky for me, I have thousands of completed stories to work with. The biggest issue was choosing which stories to add. I used my street team group to help me choose the theme, and viola! A horror book was done.
What was the best thing that happened during your promotion of the book?
I’m 100% new at the marketing game. All of my prior books are traditionally published, so this is my first venture into self-publishing. So far, I’m making a lot of great connections with other horror authors and expanding my readership. I really like that, because my number one reason for writing is to be read. I don’t really care if I ever get rich off my stories. I just want them read.
What do you have planned next?
My next project is to get the long-anticipated Elven Games
finished and set up for release. This is my major debut into the epic fantasy realm. I hope to have this out by December, January at the latest.
You can pick up The 13: Tales of Macabre at Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2DcEMLc.
About Loren Rhoads
I'm the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, as well as a space opera trilogy. I'm also co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.