Welcome to Coffin Hop 2013, and welcome guest author Allison M. Dickson!
A few words from Allison….
Every time you pull your punches with your art, God kills a sweet little puppy. Think that every time you sit down to write. It’s easy to avoid the hard stuff and go safe and predictable. I think there is this drive, especially nowadays, to sanitize ourselves, to make sure we’re not offending anybody. People wear their outrage the way the women on Sex and the City wore their Jimmy Choos. If you’re not ticked off about something, you’re not living right.
But I think we risk great peril when we stop challenging ourselves. It’s easy to become outraged just as it is easy to become complacent, but rarely are people slowing down to really think and allow themselves to feel something other than those “go-to” emotions. When I wrote STRINGS, I knew I would be risking a lot of labels and outrage over the level of its violence and strong use of taboos. And since a lot of those things are happening to women, I can almost feel people screaming “MISOGYNIST” from a mile away. People love that word, it seems. But you know what? I’m ready for it. If people think I’m a woman hating sadist and they lambaste me up and down the block for writing some of the things I wrote in my book, I can at least sit back and say that what I did caused them to feel a stirring of emotion, even if it was anger.
It’s better than being insipid. It’s better than knowing you held back on telling deep truths in your work because you didn’t want to risk offending people. And it isn’t just about subject matter. It can also be about the way you choose to structure your narrative through point of view or plot. It can be about the themes you chose to exploit.
Whatever you choose to do, go all the way. Pray for the hate mail every bit as much as you do the raves and accolades. Any impassioned response to your work is better than being insipid and forgettable.
A short bio about Allison:
Allison M. Dickson lives in Dayton, Ohio and has been writing since she could hold pencil to paper. It’s only in recent years that she started treating the craft as a career. After earning a few small publishing credits, she started selling her short stories online, where she gained a decent following with such as “Dust” and “Vermin.” She soon caught the attention of author and visionary Vincent Hobbes, and her relationship with Hobbes End Publishing solidified with her two contributions to the second volume of The Endlands, and finally with their acceptance of her visceral thriller novel, STRINGS, an expansion of her hit short story “The Good Girls” which releases 10/26/13. Additionally, Hobbes End will be releasing her dystopian science-fiction epic, THE LAST SUPPER, in spring of 2014. When she isn’t writing, she can be found every Thursday on the podcast Creative Commoners, a show she co-hosts with her partners in crime, Chris Armstrong and Corey Bishop: http://creativecommoners.net.
by Allison M. Dickson
Do you have freedom? Do you have control?
After four years of turning tricks in a mob-run New York brothel to pay off a debt, Nina is ready to go back to a quiet life in Iowa. Just one more client and the whole nightmare will be behind her, but this last trick turns into a battle for her soul. Meanwhile, the brothel’s sadistic Madam has been hiding away money in order to move up in her family’s organization, and she only wants the half million dollars the reclusive millionaire pays for the girls. But her driver Ramón has other ideas, making off with the money left behind when Nina’s last trick goes unexpectedly awry. The theft comes at a great cost to the Madam, setting off a horrific chain of events that changes them all. The hooker. The driver. The Madam. All of them on a collision course to a place where only madness holds sway.
Who is pulling your Strings?
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