Speculative Fiction Spotlight: Author J.A. Stone

Greetings, darling deviants, and welcome to Speculative Fiction Spotlight Saturdays! Because you read significantly faster than I can produce books, I wanted to take some time to introduce you to other talented indie authors in the community. My hope is that you’ll find new authors to fall in love with, or at least learn neat behind-the-scenes facts about the indie author lifestyle. Without further ado, here’s my interview with J.A. Stone, the author of over ten books and short stories filled with decadent darkness.

Blood splatter behind bold text book cover Evil Angela by JA Stone

Hello and welcome! Can you start by telling my darling deviants a little about yourself? Who are you and what do you write? 

I’m JA Stone, and I write Dark Fantasy, Poetry, Urban Madness, and Cat Noir.

Tell us about the last book you released. What was your favorite part of writing it? Least favorite?

Noel du Macabre is a collection of solstice horror shorts. To me, short stories combine so well with horror, as the punch comes fast and can really get you on the edge of your seat! 

When did you first fall in love with writing? 

High school, definitely.  I never stopped writing! 

What’s the funniest typo you’ve ever written? 

I don’t have to answer that. I know my rights. Aren’t you supposed to appoint me a Barrister or something?

Do you have a favorite character that you’ve written? How much are they like (or unlike) you?

Antipathy Jones, hands down. She enters my dreams all the time now. I’ll be dreaming something and see her in a crowd or across the street waving at me. Sometimes she bumps into me and keeps going, and stranger still is her habit of handing me a cup of coffee out of nowhere. 

She is nothing like me.

If you could have a tea party with three of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would you invite? 

Poe, Plath, and Ryan Reynolds. I know, Ryan’s not an author, but I need him for the interview of Poe and Plath.

If you woke up tomorrow a supernatural creature, which one would you want to be?

I’ll take brooding vampire for two hundred and the win, please.

When you’re not busy writing, what do you read? Who are a few of your favorite authors? 

Dark Fantasy. I prefer Michael Moorcock, Fritz Leiber, Raymond Feist, and Robert Jordan. Of course, the three Founding Fathers of Fantasy are always there: JRR Tolkein, CS Lewis and TH White.

Give readers three reasons why they’ll LOVE your latest book. 

Zombies in North Carolina, a Homunculus named Hubert, and a murder of crows.

What’s one book you think everyone should read before they die? 

Watership Down.

What draws you to the darker themes in fiction? 

I prefer the cold brutal truth.

What surprised you the most about becoming an author? 

That I seem to be good at it. I expected to flop. Now I can’t see myself doing anything else!

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? 

I won the National English Merit Award for Creative Writing and wrote a column for the Santa Rosa Sun.

What’s next for you in publishing? Do you have an upcoming release or new series we should look for? 

Spring is the season of collaboration, so look for a collection of poetry from myself and Teresa McRae, (Terry Shepherd), a mind-blowing novel with the intrepid, MJ Vieira, a collection with Hargrove Perth, and an anthology with JC Seal. 

Can you share your links for readers who want to find out more about you? 

https://www.amazon.com/JA-Stone/e/B06XYY77N6

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