Actually, I’m fairly pleased with how the promotional aspect of everything went last year. I had some great conversations with podcast people this year. Because of the Camp Fire book, I managed to get out in public some. Thanks to Angel Leigh McCoy (more about her later!), I started sending out a monthly-ish newsletter, have a working bookstore on this site again, and the Morbid Curiosity Wikipedia page finally got updated. Oh, and I made my pen name legal.
The Get Published Podcast
Paul Brodie interviewed me aboutShut Up & Write, Nanowrimo, Writing Down the Bones, and how to set up a one-week book tour.
Airdate: January 30, 2019
Listen to it: https://open.spotify.com/episode/466atjM12PTkA6ovr0bLKR
I talked with Timothy Renner about 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die.
Airdate: February 23, 2019
Listen to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vz7jBQJpV4
Madness Heart Radio
John Baltisberger interviewed me about the Tales for the Camp Fire book.
Airdate: April 16, 2019
Listen to it: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/loren-rhoads-tales-for-the-campfire/id1434970877?i=1000435123434
Peter Finch interviewed me about the Tales for the Camp Fire book.
Airdate: June 8, 2019
SF in SF
After Nancy Etchemendy, EM Markoff, and I did SF in SF in June, the podcast went live in August.
Airdate: August 7, 2019
Listen to it: https://soundcloud.com/sfinsfpodcast/june-2019-loren-rhoads-nancy-etchemendy-and-e-m-markoff-tales-for-the-camp-fire
Horror Addicts episode 171
Horror Addicts featured part of my story “Still Life with Shattered Glass” from Tales for the Camp Fire.
Airdate: August 9, 2019
Listen to it: https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/horroraddicts-net-171-loren-rhoads-hwa-sf
Lilycat on Stuff
EM Markoff and I chatted in the FCC Free Radio studio with DJ Lilycat about Tales for the Camp Fire. We read excerpts of our stories, too.
Airdate: August 11, 2019
Listen to it: http://www.fccfreeradio.com/archive/lilycat%20on%20stuff/lilycat_previous_2019-08-18_13-55-05.mp3
AL Kaplan interviewed me for her blog series, Wolf Notes: An Uncommon Interview, on January 30, 2019: https://alkaplan.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/wolf-notes-an-uncommon-interview-loren-rhoads/
Stephanie Ayers interviewed my character Alondra DeCourval for her Word Whisperer blog on February 15, 2019: https://stephanieayersauthor.com/women-in-horror-month-character-interview-with-alondra-decourval/
Vonnie Winslow Crist interviewed me about Lost Angels for her Whimsical Words blog on March 12, 2019: https://vonniewinslowcrist.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/interview-of-loren-rhoads/
Lana Ayers interviewed me for her blog about the Alondra Stories and Tales for the Camp Fire on April 19, 2019: http://lanaayers.com/blog/index.php/2019/04/19/interview-with-author-loren-rhoads/
I live-chatted with Anita Stewart on Facebook for her series Between the Pages on May 1, 2019. Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=851364795199095
L. S. Johnson interviewed me about David Wojnarowicz, my hopes for the future of California, and my story in Tales for the Camp Fire on June 3, 2019: http://www.ellderet.com/blog-tales-for-the-camp-fire/2019/5/21/scary-stories-for-a-good-cause-loren-rhoads-on-still-life-with-shattered-glass
Dark Ink magazine published an interview with me by Kate Anderson in Summer 2019.(photos on my phone)
The Chilling Chat interview done by Naching T. Kassa went live on the Horror Addicts blog on August 9, 2019: https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/chilling-chat-episode-171-loren-rhoads/
Emerian Rich did a series of interviews with Real Women Writers of Speculative Fiction. Mine went live on October 16, 2019: https://emzbox.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/the-real-women-writers-of-speculative-fiction-realwomenwriters-6
Word Whisperer Stephanie Ayers interviewed me for her Horror Month Spotlight on October 23, 2019: : https://stephanieayersauthor.com/horror-month-spotlight-on-author-loren-rhoads/
The Calaveras Enterprise featured Tales for the Camp Fire in a piece called “Charity anthology to benefit Camp Fire relief efforts” on April 13, 2019: http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/community/article_a4a5a4b8-5c70-11e9-a290-b3a257c1adc7.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share
The Petaluma Argos Courier featured Tales for the Camp Fire in a piece called “Scary Story Anthology to Benefit Wildfire Relief on April 26, 2019: https://www.petaluma360.com/entertainment/9513698-181/the-buzz-scary-story-anthology?fbclid=IwAR3sJeD7swz2
Tales for the Camp Fire made i09’s list of the “Sparkling New Books” coming out in May. Thanks to Cheryl Eddy for encouraging readers to “support wildfire relief efforts and scare yourself silly with this collection of creepy sci-fi, horror, and fantasy tales, all by Northern California authors who’ve contributed their stories to help people affected by last year’s devastating Camp Fire.” https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/05/check-out-the-sparkling-new-sci-fi-and-fantasy-books-coming-your-way-in-may/
Tales for the Camp Fire was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle in a piece called “California Wildfires Spark Creativity in Horror Writers” on June 25, 2019. Thanks to Jef Rouner! https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/california-wildfires-spark-creativity-in-horror-writers
Chad Schimke featured my story “Still Life with Shattered Glass” on his blog on September 15, 2019: https://chadschimke.blogspot.com/2019/09/still-life-with-shattered-glass-by.html
The Guardian included 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die included on “Top 10 Books About Graveyards” by David Barnett on October 30, 2019: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/30/top-10-books-about-graveyards-halloween-david-m-barnett-things-can-only-get-better?fbclid=IwAR3EtRWClL-QRPpEXSyVn22Z-YtqIQbTY0sB-S4w6X6bvkKIjZpJl6sghKE
Miscellaneous Good Things:
Buzzfeed featured 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die at #1 in a list called “23 Pieces of Home Decor That’ll Say ‘Welcome, Foolish Mortals'” on March 7, 2019: https://www.buzzfeed.com/elizabethlilly/home-decor-thatll-say-welcome-foolish-mortals
My very first cover blurb appeared on the amazing book Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris 1780-1830 by Erin-Marie Legacey, published by Cornell University Press in April 2019.
I sent out my first newsletter in June! If you’d like to get the inside scoop, the occasional book giveaway, and a morbid adventure or two, you can check it out here: https://mailchi.mp/aa9545b2ccf4/lorenrhoads
In July Queer Sci Fi was looking for a new slogan for their giveaway buttons. I won the contest! Here’s the final button.
Some of the best news of the year: Ellen Datlow included my story “Elle a vu un Loup” (which appeared in Weirdbook #40) in her full recommended list for Best Horror of the Year, volume 11, in September 2019.
In October, I got my first royalty check for 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die. That means, thanks to all of you, the book earned back the advance the publisher paid me to write the book. That is very exciting news.
In December, the Morbid Curiosity magazine Wikipedia listing went live with an update. That does my heart so good. Here it is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morbid_Curiosity_(magazine)
Your work for 2019 was impressive! Love the button. Have a great writing year, Loren!
Thanks, Jo Nell. I’ve got some exciting stuff coming up!