A few nights ago I was a guest on a podcast for the first time in about two years. When I originally released Disease I did a slew of them, but since then I’ve avoided guesting on one like the plague. To be perfectly honest, it’s not like anyone was beating down my door to have me on their show anyway, but I still wasn’t keen to get in the recording seat.
I have dirty little secret. I’ll let you in on it over at Darkness Dwells where I’m guest blogging for this month’s Women In Horror post. Check it out!
Check out all the blogs and posts:
November 3: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
November 4: Straight from the Library
November 5: Welcome to My World of Dreams
November 6: Deal Sharing Aunt
November 6: Long and Short Reviews
November 7: Unabridged Andra’s
November 7: Our Wolves Den
It was recently my honor to be a guest on The Last Knock Podcast. Interviewed by host Billy Crash I had a wonderful time, and I think that this is my best podcast yet. Through the course of the interview we discuss women’s roles in horror as characters, my writing career, what my parents thought of my early penchant for horror, why you should be reading – anything, and of course, my debut novel DISEASE (available now as a serialized eBook, and in full edition paperback and eBook October 23, 2014).
The Last Knock is available on iTunes, or, if you haven’t been bitten by the iBug, right HERE.
Sending out my work is always a nerve wracking experience. You never know how a reviewer will respond to the material, or even what kind of mood they’ll be in when they pick up the book. The best that can be hoped for is an honest and straightforward critique of the work.
Recently DISEASE was reviewed over at HorrorAddicts.net. This is a site created by horror fans, for horror fans, and it’s dedicated to all that goes bump in the night. As you can imagine they get lots of horror related material over there, and DISEASE was just one of many sitting in a pile that increased daily. That’s why when reviewer David Watson told me that he loved my book, I was so excited and happy.
Among the many wonderful things that David had to say about DISEASE he wrote:
Disease is the kind of book that I would show to someone when they ask why I like to read horror.”
What a wonderful compliment.
If you’d like to read the entire review, you can find it HERE
Lately I’ve been so busy promoting my novel DISEASE that I’ve had little time to do much else. I’ve been writing guest blog posts, creating final proofs, preparing DISEASE for print, and being a guest on podcasts. It’s kept me away from a lot of other things and my own oft listened to list of casts has grown embarrassingly large.
One of my favorite casts, and one that has been backlogged in my iTunes for a few weeks is The Horror Movie Show (HMPod). It’s a great show hosted by my friend and fellow Canadian Jerry, and his co-host Mark. I always enjoy their listening to their banter, so I thought what better time to catch up on a cast or two then while walking the dog and the kid this afternoon. I slapped on a pair of headphones and started up the machine. You can a imagine my surprise when I heard my name! Not only once, but TWICE Jerry plugged DISEASE. And to think, I had starting listening to that exact episode about a week ago and had to turn it off to go and be a parent, I never made it to the plug.
Now, as humble a guy as Jerry is, he never mentioned the plug to me, and I was caught so off guard I had to pull my phone out of my pocket and rewind the podcast to be sure I heard right! What an amazing feeling to have my book plugged like that! Christmas in… September? And, to put icing on the cake the episode was as great one (as always)!
So, if you’re interested in listening to an awesome horror movie review podcast with two witty guys and that love to banter, find them on iTunes. Don’t forget to listen to episode #155 to hear Jerry drop the “D” bomb (DISEASE that is)!
Another podcast notch on my bedpost! I think I’m starting to get the hang of this thing. Tales to Terrify host Stephen Kilpatrick was kind enough to host me as his very first interview guest! You can find the most recent episode of Tales to Terrify on iTunes. It was a lot of fun answering questions about my serialized novel DISEASE and just as much fun seeing how many people on Twitter are loving it!
I think the only disappointment came when I was listening to the podcast, and Stephen dropped my name incorrectly. He referred to me as M.L. Wahl in the second half (but got it right in the beginning thankfully). I guess this is why there’s that old Hollywood joke actors make “just make sure they get my name right”! In a situation like this there’s nothing to do but laugh and hope the mistake is corrected soon.
I’m at least happy that the podcast sounded great and to see so many people jumping on the hashtag train. Tales to Terrify is running a contest. If you tweet #MFWahl, or in this case #MLWahl, then you’re entered to win a copy of DISEASE. I guess I’ll be counting both names, to be fair to everyone. So, listen to the podcast, then head to Twitter for a chance to win a copy of my book! And don’t worry if you don’t win! The first serial of DISEASE will be released this Thursday, September 18th, 2014.
UPDATE: The gracious host of Tales to Terrify, Stephen Kilpatrick, is going to try and correct the mistake. If the podcast can’t be updated to iTunes then he’ll issue a correction in the next cast.
Alright, I’ll admit it. I was nervous. Terrified even. As a writer I’m what some people politely refer to as “socially awkward”. When I realized that to promote my novel DISEASE I’d have to do some podcasts, I kind of freaked out.
I’m soldier of the written word, and interaction with actual people can be pretty stressful for me. I actually lost sleep over being a guest on my first podcast, and even thought of having a few drinks before recording, just to take the edge off. Thankfully for everyone involved I didn’t, because I probably would have made a mess of things, especially considering that one drink is more than enough for me these days.
I’m happy to announce that not only did I survive my first podcast, but I actually had fun. This is due mostly in part to my wonderful hosts, Wayne, Santino, and Miss. Mandee, who were very gentle with this podcast virgin. We discussed DISEASE, necrophilia, The Walking Dead, toddler tattoos, bod mod, and so much more. Fair warning, this is NOT a Safe For Work listen, but boy, did we ever have fun.
You can listen to me try no to make a foll of myself on iTunes, Sticher, and on the web through Libsyn, right here: http://ow.ly/Bq4dX
Don’t forget to pop on over Twitter or Facebook and tell me how you think I did.
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