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Friday, October 16, 2015

Beyond the Wail Blog Tour: A.F. Stewart

What is it about fear and the unknown that pulls so passionately at the human heart? Perhaps we are drawn not to the darkness itself, but to the resolution, the overcoming of what we most deeply dread. After all, the more terrible the struggle, the greater the victory when it comes at last. Presented in this anthology are twelve remarkable stories of the darkness that overshadows us, and the resolution that may be found beyond them. They are stories of fear and oppression, but ultimately stories of hope, stories that will take you BEYOND THE WAIL.

The Xchyler Publishing Blog Tour continues today with author A.F. Stewart. A.F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she has always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She is fond of good books (especially science ficton/fantasy), action movies, sword collecting, and oil painting. Ms. Stewart is an indie author with several published novellas and short story collections in the dark fantasy and horror genres, with a few side trips into poetry and non-fiction. She has a great interest in history and mythology, often working themes into her books and stories.

Her story is "The Weeping Lady". Eva Douglas must face her mother issues, past and present, when the disappearance of her sister forces a confrontation with a terrifying ghost. Not to give too much away here, but Stewart makes use of her love of history and mythology when she uses a familiar ghost story in folklore to build this unique story. I really enjoyed it, and you will too!

Here are some questions for the author:

1. How did you come up with the concept of your story?
I’ve always loved ghost stories, so that’s what I decided on when I went to write my paranormal tale. And since the submission theme of the Beyond the Wail anthology was “Losers Weepers”, the the La Llorona, or “The Weeping Woman” ghost story seemed an ideal place to start. I also threw in some inspiration from the eerie tales of the “White Lady”, an oft repeated ghost phenomenon. I tweaked a few details of the original tale, added some family drama, and I had a story.
2. How did you come up with the title?
The title was simple, I combined the names of the two ghost legends. I put “Weeping Woman” and “White Lady” together, and viola, I had The Weeping Lady.

3. What is your preferred writing genre?
I love writing fantasy, preferably darker tales bordering on horror. The Weeping Lady is actually tamer and slightly more upbeat than much of what I write. Although, it is still rather dark.

4. Who is your favorite author? Who has most influenced your work?
I have two favourite authors, Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay. They are both exquisite writers and masters of storytelling. I adore their work and refuse to choose just one.
My biggest influence, though, is Ray Bradbury. His short stories warped my little child brain and imprinted the love of the written word on my grey cells forever.

5. What's up next for you?
I have several stories in the submission process for anthologies, including one for the charity anthology, Christmas Lites V. Plus, I have two novels in various stages of creation, a steampunk adventure book, called Racing the Hellfire Club, and a fantasy novel, The Prophecy of Seven. And there’s always a chance of another poetry book showing up in the near future.

Just for fun nerd list:

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Both. And yes, you can love both.

Hunger Games or Divergent?
Neither. Not a big YA fan.

James Bond or Jack Ryan?
Jack Ryan, definitely. I’m a big Tom Clancy fan.

Sherlock: Robert Downey, Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch?
As much as I adore Robert Downey, Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch has the edge in the Sherlock department.

Spock: Leonard Nimoy or Zachary Quinto?
Leonard Nimoy. Part of me still sees Zachary Quinto as Sylar from Heroes
X-Men or Avengers?
Probably the Avengers, but it’s a tight race.

Aliens or Predators?
Not big on either.  

Minions or Penguins?
I love them both, although Pinky and the Brain have top spot in my heart.  

Batman or Superman?
Batman, always and forever.
Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean?
Pirates, of course. Pass the rum, boys.

Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Neither. I’d rather listen to The Doors.
Peter Jackson or James Cameron?
Peter Jackson. I was a fan before LOTR.
Steven Spielberg or George Lucas?
Lucas, but that’s just because of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Vampires or Werewolves?
Probably Vampires, but I like them both.


Neither really, but I’ve always wanted to LARP.

Find out more about A.F. Stewart at both of her blogs: http://afallon.bravesites.com/
and http://afstewartblog.blogspot.ca/. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook

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Check out the other upcoming spots on our blog tour, and visit past tour stops:  

BEYOND THE WAIL: 12 Grave Stories of Love and Loss

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At October 16, 2015 at 8:59 AM , Blogger A. F. Stewart said...

Thanks for hosting my segment today. A great post.


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