Tapping IT

When I first moved into horror, both in my reading and my writing, there was one author I aspired to. I loved (love) Clive Barker, Dean Koontz and many more, but the writer I read the most, and wished to be, was Stephen King. I read all his books, including his memoir and writing guide On Writing. One of my absolute favourites was, and still is, IT. Yes, it can be heavy going at times, but the essence of the story, the cast and the ‘baddie’ are classic.

Pennywise. How many characters have captured the imagination of and terrified so many?

Of course, Tim Curry’s portrayal was iconic. It will be so difficult to beat him, but Bill Skarsgård looks to be equalling Curry’s might. And I can’t wait.

Released this Friday, the 8th of September, IT is already being applauded by critics. So, why am I telling you this? Well…

As you may know, I’ve worked on some amazing campaigns for Wattpad. The Purge: Anarchy, Sinister II, The Boy, Goosebumps, DC Comics and Incarnate. Wow. I’m amazed at how lucky I’ve been. Now, Wattpad, earlier this year, launched their Tap platform. Tap brought a new style of stories to the world – that of text conversations. It’s been a massive success and I have loads of stories on there. Recently, the people behind Tap, Wattpad and Warner Brothers got their heads together for the movie. They wanted a story based on the film and… they wanted… ME to write it!

Yes, ME! I was stunned. I’d previously written my ‘Imagines’ story To Kill a King, in which you, the reader, were shown the King’s secrets. It would always be a dream to work with or for or in some way to do with Stephen King. And, yet again, Wattpad made that dream come true.

So. Do you want to join The Loser’s Club? Do you want to venture into The Barrens? If you haven’t already got the app (it’s free), download it now and then you can float too…..!

 

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#RobotUprising


The robots are rebelling! Run for the…!

Oh wait.

No, it’s fine. I think. 

OK. Try again. The robots are uprising, but not in reality – as far as I know. But, over on Wattpad’s Tap app platform, there’s a new story series! 

If you swipe for the story categories, you’ll see Robot Uprising. Drop into their and you’ll find a host of brand new work but fantastic authors, all related to robots (and technology) gone wrong! 

Included in the collection is a story by me entitled Give You My Heart. It follows Ben, unlucky in love, who tries out internet dating. Things don’t go quite according to plan… 

You can find Give You My Heart here: Give You My Heart

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Announcing the pre-order of Snow!

One cabin. Sixteen stories of forbidden love.

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love anthology is officially LIVE! 

The #SnowAnthology is only available at $0.99 (or equivalent applicable cost in your locality) for a limited time, so pre-order your copy before it’s too late!

This book will only be available for this price for a little while, so grab it while you can.  I’m excited to be included – my story, Wings, is one of the stories in there.  And of course, I’m still working away at stories on Wattpad, and there’s more coming later in the year, so if you do grab it, let me know.

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Get your copy at a discount here:

Don’t forget to add the anthology to your Goodreads reading lists! Just click here.

About the book:

With an online audience of over ONE MILLION combined followers and hundreds of millions of reads on their stories, the SNOW anthology showcases talented Wattpad authors from around the globe.

Journey into the woods where you will discover a cabin surrounded by snow, filled with secrets…

The SNOW anthology features sixteen original novellas and novelettes in multiple genres, including Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural and Paranormal.

Brought to you by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Kelly Anne Blount and available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! Don’t wait for the snow to melt before you uncover these stories of love, loss, and self-discovery.

Check out the incredible list of authors participating below and click on the links to connect with them on Wattpad!

Kelly Anne Blount – @KellyAnneBlount

Gabriela Cabezut – @GabyCabezut

Megan DeVos – @styleslegend

Rachel Meinke – @knightsrachel

Noelle N. – @hepburnettes

M.C. Roman – @MCRomances

Delilah Mae – @_HakunaMatata_

Gavin Hetherington – @GavinHetherington

Shaun Allan – @ShaunAllan

Lindsey E. Lippincott – @Red_Assassin

Lucy Rhodes – @Lucyface

R. Diamond – @rdiamond89

Sarah Benson – @SarahBensonBooks

J.M. Butler – @JessicaBFry

Debra Goelz – @BrittanieCharmintine

Neilani Alejandrino – @sweetdreamer33

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Gaby and the Prince…

Yo-diidly-ho!  Sin-sin-siree at your service.  ‘Tis a while since we last spoke, for which I’m eternally sorry.  Well, at least until the end of this visit, anywho.  I keep trying to pop up now and again, but that Shaun Allan fella-me-lad has his head in mermaids at the moment.  I can’t get a look in!
Thankfully, to keep me company in the meantime, a young lady has dropped by.
Would you care to tell me your name?
My full name is Irma Gabriela Cabezut De los Cobos. (I KNOW. Longest name ever!) But you can call me Gabby or Gabs 😉
That reminds me of when Sean Connery introduces his character in the movie Highlander (love that).  Ramirez Bibbly-Bobbly-Fililobos-Something-or-other!  That’s an epic name you have there Gaby!  So, where are you from?
Mexico
Ohhhh, one of the places I would love to visit if I ever get out of here or figure out how to control that teleportation thingummy.  Do you like living there?  If not, where would your favourite place to live be?  Is yes, where would you least like to live?
I love living in Mexico, the weather is awesome, Mexicans are really warm and I love all of our culture and tradition.
However, if I could choose anywhere else in the world to live, I’d say Canada. I spent a whole summer in Quebec, learning French and I loved it. I’m obviously in awe at the prospect of snow and all that (something that I would definitely regret, but still…) Also the UK, because they have the best English accent ever.
As a Brit, I have to agree.  As someone whose cousin lives in Canada, I also have to agree.  And as someone who once started a snowball at the top of a hill and rolled it down to see how big it would get then couldn’t move it at the bottom because it was so big, I have to, well… agree!  As you’re a writer, is this your ‘day job’?
Yes. Right now, it is. I write, read or edit every day, for at least 6 hours.
That sounds like a dream job.  I’d love to be a full time writer.  As it is, I have to accept being a full time supposed lunatic and leave Shaun to do the part time writing.  Not jealous at all.  I’d like to see how he’d survive in here!  Erm…  Where was I?  Oh yes.  Tell me about your latest project.
I’m in the final process of editing Hopelessly Imperfect, book one out of three in the series (I haven’t started the other two.) It comes out on May under Limitless Publishing.
Hopelessly Imperfect?  Sounds interesting.  I’m just hopeless and perfect.  That’s what my reflection tells me anyway.  How do you feel about bacon?  A crazy person once said it was the food of the gods.  OK, I admit that person was myself…
Hahahaha… this question was so random that I had to read it twice! I have to agree with you wholeheartedly, I love bacon. It can go with everything (I haven’t tried the whole brownies with bacon frenzy yet, but…it’s bacon).
Brownies and bacon?  Oh, I’ve so got to try that.  What is your favourite film?
I have many! And I’m a total girly girl, so many of them are chick films like My Best Friend’s Wedding, but I also like the avengers or Harry Potter (I’m a total Potterhead).
I wonder how you feel about the imminent new Potter book?  I’m excited.  Can’t wait.  They don’t let us have paper in here, though.  It’s either used for…  We don’t have to go into that…  Have you always wanted to be a writer, or is it something you found yourself doing one day?
I’ve always wanted to. But I always wanted to write in English…I never thought I could, though. Until Wattpad came along J
Wattpad is an amazing place, isn’t it?  It’s definitely a home for my own story.  Do you have so many ideas they dribble out of your nose if you don’t get them down, or do you have to hunt around the floor and the back of your sofa to find where your Muse is hiding?
Both! At the first stages of a story, my head brims with ideas, but as I start to type them, I sometimes found like they’re not that good or that they might not work with my whole story and many times, I have to take a break to clear my mind.
A break from a story can be a good thing.  It can be like looking at it with a fresh set of eyes.  And eyes are the windows to the soul, so maybe you’re opening a window to a new part of your soul when you revisit your story?  Now, If you were in an asylum, what would your particular delusion or psychosis be?
Probably schizophrenia… because I tend to forget everything going on around me when I’m completely immersed on a story (writing or reading it) and I’m still scared of the dark sometimes. Hahaha.
There’s no reason to be afraid of the dark.  It’s just the light gone to sleep.  What genre(s) do you write?
I mostly write romance, teen fiction or new adult fiction. I’d love to get into the whole sci-fi genre or even paranormal. But I feel like I might need more vocabulary to tackle those.
I can’t help but be part of the thriller and paranormal genres.  People tend to die around me (hence my incarceration in here).  I’d love to be a part of a romance or something.  A story where people lose their hearts not their lives.  What genres(s) do you read?
Anything. I’m not much into horror, though. (Sorry!) As I said, I’m such a scary cat. But I love romance stories, sci-fi and paranormal. Mysteries, I read a while ago, not so much lately.
I love science fiction.  I’ve been a fan all my life.  And fantasy.  If your choices are the same, what attracts you to them.  If they’re different, why do you think that is?
I think we all need some romance in our lives! Hahaha
Seriously, I believe we all deserve to be happy and fulfilled and romance plays a large part on it. For me, at least. I love my husband and the family we have together and I don’t think I’d be fulfilling my writing dream, if it wasn’t for all the support and love from him.
Yes, romance is good.  And happiness.  That’s all I desire.  I blame the coin.  And the parents – I mean, they called me ‘Sin’!  It’s wonderful that have such an amazing family!  Bacon – just cooked or crispy?
CRISPY!
Good answer!  Now you’re in the asylum with me, how do you aim to get out?  Do you have an escape plan?
I do. I will just let you flip your coin and the whole building might collapse…
Hey, it’s the flipping coin which got me in here!  I think you’re stuck now.  Sorry about that.  At least I can recommend the food.  Oh, wait.  No I can’t…
Well, thanks for dropping by, Gaby of the Wonder Name.  It appears you might be here a while, what with you having such a foolproof escape plan and everything.  I think a tunnel would have been a better idea than that coin.  I almost called it ‘my’ coin…  Not good…
Here’s what Gaby has to say about herself!
Since I was a child, I loved reading. Books let you travel to faraway lands and pretend to be a princess or a strong heroine or a smart babysitter. I love that feeling. When you connect with a character or when you feel butterflies when a kiss is described…reading it’s like living a thousand lives in one.
For some bizarre reason, I’ve always loved to read in English. So when I thought about writing a story, I started out to do it in English and now it’s the only language I feel capable to write on! It’s so funny since I’m Mexican and my first language is Spanish, yet I don’t think I’ll write in Spanish. Not in the nearest future.
I’m a hopeless romantic. You’ll always find a more than healthy amount of romance in all my stories. Because who doesn’t like to fall in love over and over again?
My imagination usually runs wild as I’m really creative. If I’m not writing, you may find me cake decorating. That’s my day-job. Next to being a wife and a doting mother to two incredible boys.
Writing is my passion. It’s like a necessity, like the air you breathe. I’ve found out that I can’t live without books in my life. And let me tell you, it’s an amazing experience. I’m loving every minute of it.
I’m an active writer on Wattpad, a web platform where writer’s post different stories. Being part of their Stars Program has completely changed my life. I love reaching out to other writers and readers, so don’t hesitate to message me!

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Something Sinister this way comes…

Every so often, something big comes your way.  It’s not necessarily a major deal to anyone else, but to you – it’s a mindblower.  It can involve large amounts of money, children, marriage, a job offer you can’t refuse…  There are lots of things.

Writing, for me, is something I’ve done all my life.  From being a child, I’ve scribbled down stories.  Yes, there have been times I’ve not written much, due to various issues and a distinct lack of time, but now it’s an essential part of my life.  I even have tattoos depicting my love of the craft.

Well.  Last year, I was approached by the wonderful Wattpad to ask if I’d be willing to write an original story based on the premise of the movie The Purge.  The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, was coming out and Universal was working with Wattpad, which gets in excess of 14 million unique visitors a month, to help promote the film.  My book, Sin, is apparently one of their top mystery/thrillers and they thought I’d be ideal to write for the film.  I wrote Mr. Composure, a story which was described as ‘the best story ever’ and had ‘the best plot twist ever’.  To say I was honoured to have been asked is an understatement.

This was one of those big things.

Imagine my shock-surprise-elation when I received a similar request this year!

Universal were releasing Sinister 2, the follow up to the hit horror, Sinister.  They were working with Wattpad once again.  This time, however, they specifically asked for me as they were so pleased with my work on Mr. Composure!

Erm…  WOW!!

I’d seen, and enjoyed, the first film.  I liked the premise too.  I just had to come up with an idea.  With The Purge’s Mr. Composure, my wife had given me the inspiration for the opening (often that’s all I need to run with a story).  I could then write and see where it went.  For Sinister 2, the studio wanted an overview of the story first.  GULP!  I usually don’t work like that – the story takes its own path and I run along behind, picking up the words and trying to throw them together in some semblance of order.  It meant I had to have a full idea of the story before I’d even written it.  Now, I know lots of authors work like that.  They plan each chapter with a full idea of the story arc and then flesh it out.  As I don’t, this was a new experience for me.

But, I did it.  My little girl, who’s 4, told me I could keep her imaginary friend, Nathaniel (a name we’ve never used as we don’t know anyone with that name) forever…  Erm…  Yes…  Needless to say, Nathaniel seemed to fit perfectly for what I needed here.  I wrote the story.  Suffer the Little Children is that story and, apparently, it’s ‘genuinely terrifying’, which is nice!

So, that’s two big things.  Two reasons for me to put my hand to my mouth and go “WOW!”  Not just being asked to write the stories in the first place, but because of the amazing response and support I’ve had for them too.

So, thank you Wattpad, thank you Universal and a ‘big’ thank you to you guys.  It is appreciated!

Now, of course, I am working on my next story.  My eldest daughter (12 years old) gave me a bizarre and somewhat twisted idea of The Little Mermaid as a sort of challenge.  I’m almost 10,000 words in and I’m happy to say, I’m rising to that challenge.  And the Meek Shall Walk is coming along nicely, though the Little Mermaid, to my knowledge, didn’t have blood or decapitation in it…

 

For further reading, here’s the links to the stories above:

  suffer

Suffer the Little Children:

Wattpad: http://bit.ly/SufferLittleChildrenWP

SinSin:

Amazon: http://getbook.at/SinEbook

Wattpad: http://bit.ly/SinWP

composureMr. Composure:

Amazon: http://getbook.at/MrComWP

Wattpad: http://bit.ly/MrComWP

meekAnd the Meek Shall Walk:

Wattpad: http://bit.ly/MeekShallWalkWP

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Something Sinister this way comes…

Every so often, something big comes your way.  It’s not necessarily a major deal to anyone else, but to you – it’s a mindblower.  It can involve large amounts of money, children, marriage, a job offer you can’t refuse…  There are lots of things.

Writing, for me, is something I’ve done all my life.  From being a child, I’ve scribbled down stories.  Yes, there have been times I’ve not written much, due to various issues and a distinct lack of time, but now it’s an essential part of my life.  I even have tattoos depicting my love of the craft.

Well.  Last year, I was approached by the wonderful Wattpadto ask if I’d be willing to write an original story based on the premise of the movie The Purge.  The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, was coming out and Universal was working with Wattpad, which gets in excess of 14 million unique visitors a month, to help promote the film.  My book, Sin, is apparently one of their top mystery/thrillers and they thought I’d be ideal to write for the film.  I wrote Mr. Composure, a story which was described as ‘the best story ever’ and had ‘the best plot twist ever’.  To say I was honoured to have been asked is an understatement.

This was one of those big things.

Imagine my shock-surprise-elation when I received a similar request this year!

Universal were releasing Sinister 2, the follow up to the hit horror, Sinister.  They were working with Wattpad once again.  This time, however, they specifically asked for me as they were so pleased with my work on Mr. Composure!

Erm…  WOW!!

I’d seen, and enjoyed, the first film.  I liked the premise too.  I just had to come up with an idea.  With The Purge’s Mr. Composure, my wife had given me the inspiration for the opening (often that’s all I need to run with a story).  I could then write and see where it went.  For Sinister 2, the studio wanted an overview of the story first.  GULP!  I usually don’t work like that – the story takes its own path and I run along behind, picking up the words and trying to throw them together in some semblance of order.  It meant I had to have a full idea of the story before I’d even written it.  Now, I know lots of authors work like that.  They plan each chapter with a full idea of the story arc and then flesh it out.  As I don’t, this was a new experience for me.

But, I did it.  My little girl, who’s 4, told me I could keep her imaginary friend, Nathaniel (a name we’ve never used as we don’t know anyone with that name) forever…  Erm…  Yes…  Needless to say, Nathaniel seemed to fit perfectly for what I needed here.  I wrote the story.  Suffer the Little Children is that story and, apparently, it’s ‘genuinely terrifying’, which is nice!

So, that’s two big things.  Two reasons for me to put my hand to my mouth and go “WOW!”  Not just being asked to write the stories in the first place, but because of the amazing response and support I’ve had for them too.

So, thank you Wattpad, thank you Universal and a ‘big’ thank you to you guys.  It is appreciated!

Now, of course, I am working on my next story.  My eldest daughter (12 years old) gave me a bizarre and somewhat twisted idea of The Little Mermaid as a sort of challenge.  I’m almost 10,000 words in and I’m happy to say, I’m rising to that challenge.  And the Meek Shall Walk is coming along nicely, though the Little Mermaid, to my knowledge, didn’t have blood or decapitation in it…

For further reading, here’s the links to the stories above:

Suffer the Little Children:

Sin:

Mr. Composure:

And the Meek Shall Walk:

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