Joining Club Monstrosity by My Pocket Editor Adam Wilson

Hi everyone! Today we're joined by a very special guest, my editor Adam Wilson. Adam is awesome, but you'll see that soon enough:  If you’re like me, you read The BFG growing up and were enchanted by Sophie and her friendship with the world’s only kind giant.  If you’re even more like me, you owned not one but several encyclopedias (bestiaries!) of assorted monsters and beings. Some were D&D related. Some were just whatever pictorial endeavor was available at the library. Some were...ahem...self-made Read more [...]

Classic Monster Movies

There's something about a classic monster movie that has always appealed to me. Bela Lagosi as Dracula, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster, Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the Opera, those old black and white movies have always appealed to me. Maybe it's the weird lighting that makes them special. Like when Dracula is about to bite Mina and the light is so stark that everyone is super white and their eyes are all big and creepy. It's silly and scary all at once. The costumes from those early Read more [...]

Swamp Dwellers: What the Hell?

When I started writing Club Monstrosity, I decided to create a monster that is semi my own. Linda is a Swamp Dweller. Now she may bear somewhat of a resemblance to some other monsters but for purposes of copyrighting and not losing my shirt in a lawsuit, she's kind of her own thing. Linda is a lizard or fish-type creature whose body is covered in scales. This means she has to wear heavy make-up to cover up who and what she is. I had a lot of fun with Linda. I wanted her to be a strong piece of Read more [...]

Introducing Kai: Mummy Businesswoman

Mummies are sort of an interesting monster to me. I've always loved Egyptian history, in fact my first published novella was set in Egypt (written under my Jess Michaels name). I never miss a chance to see the Egyptian area in the Met when I go to New York. We went to see the Tut stuff when it came through Chicago a few years ago (before we moved to Arizona). I've also always loved mummy movies. The Brendan Frasier/Rachel Wiesz movies from the 90s are some of my favorites (that is one sexy mummy, Read more [...]

Introducing Alec Dunham, Wolfman

Werewolves and Wolfmen legends have been around forever. One of the earliest comes from 1591 and involves a rape-y, murder-y farmer who liked to dress like a wolf and chase little girls. Charming. That, obviously, is not what I was going for when I created the character of Alec Dunham in Club Monstrosity. I wanted more Teen Wolfish (one of my favorite werewolf movies) than Killer Raping Wolves From the Middle Ages. So I made him sort of laid back, funny and obsessed with body hair. He's a ladies Read more [...]

Introducing Natalie Gray, Frankenstein’s Monster

There's just something about Frankenstein's Monster. Mary Shelley really created a truly sad and fearful creature in her 1818 classic, FRANKENSTEIN. The Creature is violent, but also confused. And the Doctor is both brilliant and utterly mad, with no thought for the consequences of his actions for either his creation or those that creation will encounter. It's truly a great book and I recommend it if you haven't done so. When I had an idea for a monster book, my Frankenstein's Monster character, Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: The Screw Ups

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I'll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I'll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here. Kristin asks:I love the series. My question is and I hope I’m not saying anytging I’m not supposed to, but in Married with Zombies, Dave’s Read more [...]

My Relay For Life Raffle

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may know that in November 2012, I agreed to be the Event Chair for Oro Valley Relay For Life in Arizona. Relay is the main fundraiser for American Cancer Society and funds raised through it help provide 100% free programs for cancer patients and their families, as well as fund Cancer research all over the world. It's a great organization and I'm very proud to be a part of it. But with my Event Chairing, also comes fundraising (as I'm also a walker for Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: The Cutting Room Floor

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I'll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I'll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here. Anastacia Kontz asks: When writing the Married with Zombies series, was there an idea that you loved for the series but didn’t make it in? Read more [...]

My Life as a High School Outsider (and YAY for that)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in Idaho in kind of the middle of nowhere. Kind of the middle of nowhere had a lot of advantages. It was really pretty, for one thing, with a beautiful mountain outside the window. But the girl did not fit in. Her geekitude was not appreciated. At. All. Okay, no more fairytales. It's a story I'm sure many of you can appreicate, as I'm sure many of you have the same start to your fairytale. I was an outcast for most of my growing up. I flitted from friend Read more [...]